Staff, Visitors, and Graduate Students
Robert Goldston is a leading researcher in plasma physics and fusion energy, and was director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), 1997 – 2009. Goldston has collaborated with SGS staff on a number of research topics since 2009. He contributed a section on Fusion Energy to a chapter on Nuclear Energy prepared by Frank von Hippel for the IIASA Global Energy Assessment. Goldston and Alex Glaser published on the potential proliferation risks associated with magnetic fusion energy, and the role of safeguards in minimizing these risks. Goldston chaired an IAEA Consultative Group on this topic. Goldston and Glaser also published on proliferation risks specifically associated with Inertial Fusion Energy; their perspectives are reflected in the NAS Panel Report on Inertial Fusion Energy. Most recently Goldston has collaborated with Glaser and Boaz Barak of Microsoft Research, New England, on a “Zero-Knowledge Protocol” for warhead verification as an element of arms control. They received a “V Fund” grant from the State Department, and a larger grant from the National Nuclear Security Administration as part of a new national Center for Verification Technology led by the University of Michigan. Goldston and Glaser are constructing facilities to test this technique experimentally at PPPL.
Visiting Faculty and Scholars -- 2015/2016
Tadahiro Katsuta (Visiting Fellow) is spending a year with the Program beginning April, 2015. He also spent the 2007-2008 academic year at the Program on the prestigious Abe Fellowship, supported by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and the Social Science Research Council. He is currently researching Japan’s spent fuel management problems as well as studying the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant accident and is following the new regulation standard focusing on the technical and political aspects. Katsuta is an official member of the study team for the New Regulatory Requirements for Commercial Nuclear Power Reactors, and for Nuclear Fuel Facilities, Research Reactors, and Nuclear Waste Storage/Disposal Facilities by the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA). From 2008-2009, he conducted research on multilateral nuclear fuel cycle systems as a Visiting Fellow at PSGS. From 2006-2008, he conducted research on the separated plutonium problem caused by Rokkasho reprocessing plant at the University of Tokyo. From 1999-2005 he worked at Citizens Nuclear Information Center (CNIC) in Tokyo as a researcher.
Post-doctoral Research Associates and Graduate Students -- 2015/2016
Bernadette Kafwimbi Cogswell
Bernadette Cogswell joined the Program as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in mid-Fall 2014. Her work examines nuclear reactor and nuclear fuel cycle safeguards, including an assessment of the viability of antineutrino monitoring as a safeguards tool, the technical challenges for arms control verification and the feasibility of nuclear energy for developing nations. She has a PhD in theoretical particle physics from Vanderbilt University, where her research focused on neutrino oscillation phenomenology.
Michael Schoeppner joined the Program on Science and Global Security as a post-doctoral researcher in Fall 2014. His research focuses on atmospheric transport modelling of radioactive noble gases for the verification of nuclear arms control treaties. Michael has 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 he was working as a consultant for the Preparatory Commission of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization 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 PhD candidate in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Prior to coming to Princeton, he was 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. He earned his bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2012.