Staff, Visitors, and Graduate Students
Visiting Faculty and Scholars -- 2014/2015
Post-doctoral Research Associates and Graduate Students -- 2014/2015
Ali Ahmad has been a post-doctoral researcher with the Program on Science and Global Security and Princeton University’s Nuclear Futures Laboratory since Fall 2013. His work is supported by the Woodrow Wilson School’s Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy. It focusses on nuclear technology assessment of small modular reactors and on nuclear energy policy in the Middle East. Prior to joining Princeton, Ali was a research associate in applied nuclear physics at the Rutherford-Appleton Lab (UK). A physics graduate from the Lebanese University in Beirut, Ali holds a PhD in Nuclear Engineering from Cambridge University.
Bernadette Kafwimbi Cogswell
Bernadette joined the Program as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in mid Fall 2014. Her work examines the role that antineutrino monitoring might have to play in nuclear reactor safeguards and considers fundamental theory and technical insights that could improve its viability. She also has an interest in technical aspects of verification challenges related to arms control. Before joining the Program she completed her doctoral work in theoretical particle physics at Vanderbilt University focusing on neutrino oscillation phenomenology.
Michael Schoeppner works as a post-doctoral researcher for the Program on Science and Global Security since fall 2014. His research focuses on radioactive noble gases for the verification of nuclear treaties. He is applying atmospheric transport modelling to trace radioxenon for nuclear explosion monitoring and krypton-85 for fission material production monitoring. Michael is holding Master’s degrees from the University of Muenster (Germany) and the University of Hamburg (Germany), and a PhD from the Roma Tre University (Italy). Before joining the Program on Science and Global Security he was working as a noble gas technical consultant for the Preparatory Commission of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization affiliated with the United Nations and based in Vienna (Austria).
Ryan A. Snyder
Ryan Snyder joined the Program on Science and Global Security in August 2014 as a post-doctoral researcher. He is working on technical and policy questions related to the proliferation risk from the use of laser isotope separation for uranium enrichment and on improving international safeguards on the nuclear fuel cycle, and the future of nuclear power. He was previously a Fellow for Energy Studies at the Federation of American Scientists and an adjunct lecturer in physics at American University, both in Washington D.C. In graduate school he worked at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility as part of a collaboration that used parity-violating electron scattering to measure the strange-quark contribution to the structure of the nucleon. He received a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in physics from Kenyon College.
Caroline (Reilly) Milne
Caroline joined SGS in fall 2010 as a PhD candidate in Security Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School, working with Christopher Chyba on questions of nuclear force posture and arms control. Prior to coming to Princeton, she was a research assistant with the RAND Corporation, involved mostly with strategic force planning issues. Caroline is writing a dissertation on the processes by which nuclear-armed adversaries perceive and respond to the condition of mutually-assured destruction. In the fall, she will return to RAND as a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow. Caroline has a B.S. in aerospace engineering from MIT and a M.A. from the War Studies Department at King’s College London.
Sébastien joined Princeton University in July 2012 as a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering within the Nuclear Futures Laboratory. Prior to coming to Princeton, Sébastien worked for two years within the French Ministry of Defense: first as a graduate research fellow within the Strategic Research Institute of the French Military Academy in Paris (IRSEM); and then for 18 months in the defense procurement agency (DGA) as an engineer responsible for implementing and maintaining military nuclear safety regulations in the French oceanic strategic force. He received a master’s degree in Mechanical and Design Engineering from the French National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA, Lyon) in 2010 and a B.A.I. from Trinity College Dublin in 2009 as part of a joint European degree program.
Mark Walker is a first-year PhD candidate in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. For the last three years, he has been involved with research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory on verification technology for nuclear arms control treaties, with a specific focus on active neutron interrogation techniques. In the summer of 2010, he was also an intern at the U.S. Office of Naval Reactors. He is a 2011 recipient of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, and earned his bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2012.