Staff, Visitors, and Graduate Students
Visiting Faculty and Scholars -- 2013/2014
Gordon MacKerron (Visiting Senior Research Scholar ) will be with the Program from March to end-June 2014, working on a MacArthur-funded project on nuclear fuel reprocessing, as well as the development of management strategies for separated civilian plutonium. He was until December 2013 the Director of SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research) University of Sussex and retuned there as Professor of Science and Technology Policy. He was previously Chair of the UK Government’s independent Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM: 2003-2007), which formulated current UK policy on radioactive waste management.
Post-doctoral Research Associates and Graduate Students -- 2013/2014
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.
Moritz Kütt is currently a Visiting Student Research Collaborator at the Program on Science and Global Security and the Nuclear Futures lab. He is a PhD candidate in the Physics Department at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany. He is doing research on the role of Open Source Software in the field of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. Before starting his PhD, he received a master’s degree in Physics from and a BA in Political Science from the Technische Universität Darmstadt.
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.