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STEP Program and People Involved

Faculty Information

The STEP Program conducts research and offers instruction on a wide range of science, technology and environmental policy topics.  There are nine core faculty and an additional eleven faculty are affliated with the work of the program. The Core STEP faculty consists of Michael Oppenheimer (STEP Director), who joined the faculty on February 1, 2002, as the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the Department of Geosciences; David S. Wilcove,(STEP Co-director) Professor of Public Affairs and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Denise L. Mauzerall, who is jointly appointed with the WWS and the Department of Environmental Enginneering; Likewise, Alexander Glaser who is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Public Affairs;  Frank N. von Hippel, who is Co-Director of the Program in Science and Global Security (S&GS);  Lee M. Silver, who is jointly appointed with the Department of Molecular Biology and STEP;  Christopher Chyba who has a joint appointment with the Department of Astrophysics and STEP; Bryan Grenfell who is jointly appointed with the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and STEP and  Edward Felten, Professor of Computer Scince  and Public Affairs.  In addition, 11 faculy affliates add further depth and breadth to the program conducting research and supervising graduate students.. 

Researchers: Past and Present

STEP research is varied and often cross-disciplinary. This is evident in the diverse and cross-cutting
character of its research staff and their projects.

Students in the Program

STEP students participate in the work of the Center, its events and its seminars. Students are drawn to the program from a wide and diverse spectrum of interests across the University.These include WWS MPA's, MPP's and PhD students,  students from various science and engineering departments via the STEP-PEI fellowships, and a broad array of other disciplines ranging from microbiology to environmental history wherein science raises policy issues and informed policy necessitates scientific input.

Ph.D. Alumni

The STEP program continues to produce PhD graduates that go on to positions of increasing responsibility in their careers and who make significant contributions to policy issues which require a careful use of science and an infomed sense of judgement about its implications.

Fellows & Visitors

The STEP program maintains a modest fellows and visitors component on two levels: for distinguished faculty, senior scholars and practitioners, and  for postdoctoral researchers who work within specific research initiatives underway within the program.