Welcome and Introductions

Welcome, everyone. We thought it would be a good idea to briefly introduce ourselves, and the WWS/MAE 353 team is taking the lead here. Please write a two or three sentence introduction about yourself and why you are taking this course. You can also note any questions you have after reviewing the syllabus and highlight topics that particularly stand out for you. I’d like your interests to help determine what we emphasize this semester.

blog-aglaser I am Alexander Glaser, Assistant Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. I have a PhD in Physics from Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany. I work with the International Panel on Fissile Materials, am a member of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and co-editor of the journal Science & Global Security, which has been published since 1989. My research focuses on nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament, the nuclear fuel cycle, and nuclear energy. You can look around this website to find out more about our work and ongoing projects.

blog-csreilly My name is Caroline Reilly, and I will be precepting this course. I came to Princeton in 2010 after working as a research assistant with the RAND Corporation in DC. Now a fourth-year doctoral candidate in Security Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School, I am writing my dissertation, which focuses on the processes by which nuclear-armed adversaries perceive and respond to the condition of mutually-assured destruction. Along with my studies, I have participated in several working groups for junior scholars on nuclear policy. I have a B.S. in aerospace engineering from MIT and a M.A. from the War Studies Department at King’s College London.

blog-phannam I am Phil Hannam, a third-year PhD student in the Woodrow Wilson School’s Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) program. I study the adoption of advanced low-carbon energy technology in the power sectors of major emerging economies, and the importance of multilateral institutions. My academic and professional activities have afforded me a diversity of international experiences, including work with the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Beijing office, the UN Environment Program in Nairobi, the Joint Global Change Research Institute in Maryland, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Energy and Environment in Washington, DC, and with rural development projects in Burkina Faso and Brazil. I have a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an M.Eng. from Tongji University in Shanghai, China.

blog-aahmad Hi, my name is Ali Ahmad. I am a research fellow in nuclear technology policy on the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) and Nuclear Futures Lab. I have obtained my first degree in Physics from the Lebanese University in Beirut and a Ph.D in Nuclear engineering from Cambridge University. My current research interests focus on technical and policy assessments of advanced nuclear reactor systems such as Small Modular Reactors and nuclear fuel cycle options and implications.

blog-sealfon I’m Carolyn Sealfon, Associate Director of Science Education for Princeton’s Council on Science and Technology, which fosters university-wide engagement in science and engineering, such as promoting the development of innovative ST courses for students concentrating in the humanities and social sciences. From 2006 to 2011, I served as Assistant Professor of Physics at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where I integrated researched-based teaching methods in both introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses and advised undergraduate research in cosmology. I received my PhD in physics and astronomy from the University of Pennsylvania and my B.A. in physics from Cornell University.