Current Graduate Students

TIMOTHY ARNOLD is a second year student at Center for International Science and Technology Policy. In 2007, Tim received a B.S. in Economics from the University of Florida. Currently, Tim is an active professional in the information technology field for the National Science Foundation. His studies focus on Information Security and Internet Policy. Tim draws upon his backgrounds to frame the technical and economic impacts of his research.

photo: Brittany BalcomBRITTANY BALCOM is a second year student at the Space Policy Institute. She graduated from Marshall University in 2010 with a BA in International Affairs and a minor in Political Science, with postbaccalaureate coursework in geophysics from the University of Kentucky. She has worked in the US Embassy in singapore and was most recently a program analyst at Davis Defense Group in Fredericksburg, VA. Brittany is currently an intern in NASA's Office of International and Interagency Relations.

MIA BROWN is a second year graduate student at the Space Policy Institute where she concentrates in international space policy and risk management. She recently graduated with an M.A. in Historical Studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) where she completed her masters thesis on President Johnson's career in space policy throughout the developments and formalization of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty. Mia also received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in History from UMBC. During her undergraduate career she studied European politics at the Anglo American University in Prague and intensive Chinese language studies at the Beijing Language and Culture University. She's worked at various organizations in Washington, DC and abroad, such as the Office of International and Interagency Relations at NASA HQ, Arianespace, and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in Vienna, Austria. Currently, she is an intern at the Strategic Analysis and Negotiations Division within the FCC's International Bureau. Mia is the Managing Editor for the print edition of the Elliott School's academic journal, the International Affairs Review, and serves as Vice-Chair of the Science and Technology Global 2015 Consortium.

photo: Thomas ChinickTHOMAS CHINICK is a second year student at the Space Policy Institute. He graduated from the University of Denver in June of 2013 with a B.A. in International Studies (concentrated on the Global Political Economy) and Asian Studies, for which he completed a thesis on coping and healing in the aftermath of Hiroshima. While at DU, Tom founded a student-led environmental awareness group, interned with the International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology (iCAST), and studied at Kansai Gaidai in Japan for a semester. He is currently an intern in the Space Division of Aerospace Industries Association.

CYNTHIA FLORENTINO is a first year graduate student in the International Science and Technology Policy program. Her interests lie at the nexus of innovation and the future of the Internet. In 2013, she completed a research fellowship at the University of California, Irvine where she investigated he role of international NGOs in combatting human trafficking. She has showcased her research at the Tamkang World Forum for Youth Leaders in Taiwan and across the US. She collaborated with the Faculty of Organization and Informatics at the University of Zagreb on the creation of an International Student Research Symposium and presented with them at the World Congress on Access to Postsecondary Education in Canada. In the summer of 2014, Cynthia worked as a Google Policy Fellow at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC). She graduated in May 2014 from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Political Science.

ANTONIA GROMYKO is a second year student at theCenter for International Science and Technology Policy. She graduated from MGIMO University, Moscow with a B.A. in InternationalAffairs and Chinese, and studied at Beijing International Studies University. She worked with the Russian APEC Study Center's Innovations Department prior to the 2012 APEC summit, as Manager of International Educational Programs with Moscow Research Institute of Innovative Strategies for General Educational Development, Manager of youth politics and Vice-Manager of industrial policy at the Shiffers Institute of Advanced Studies in Moscow. At the latter, she worked on consultancy projects for Russian Railways, Inter RAO UES, and Federal Grid Company, among others. She has attended conferences, summits and forums in China, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Singapore, and the US.

ZACHARY HESTER is a second year student at the Space Policy Institute. He graduated summa cum laude from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and a B.S. in Political Science in 2011. At N.C. State, Zack was a both a Park and a Benjamin Franklin Scholar. The Benjamin Franklin program is a dual degree program integrating technology and science with the social sciences and humanities. His paper entitled “U.S. Opinion on Nuclear Power: Analysis and Perspective” received the N.C. State School of Public and International Affairs award for best senior seminar paper. In the summer of 2008, he studied at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. Zack has interned on the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics and is currently a business technology consultant in Deloitte Consulting’s Federal Practice.

NIKOLAI JOSEPH is a second year graduate student at the Space Policy Institute. He holds a BS from the University of New Mexico where he majored in Applied Mathematics and minored in Astrophysics. While at UNM, Nikolai worked in a biophysics laboratory and co-authored two papers super resolution imaging theory and techniques, published in Nature Methods and Biophysics Journal. He spent time with an economic development nonprofit before starting his current role at Mathematica Policy Research. His policy interests include: commercial space development, advanced energy concepts, and strategic long term planning.

JOHN "JACK" KARSTEN is a second year graduate student in the International Science and Technology Policy program. Jack is currently an intern in the Office of Communication and Information Policy at the Department of State. His past internships include the Office of Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and the Council on Competitiveness. In 2013 Jack earned his B.A. in Economics from Boston College, with minors in Spanish and International Studies. As an undergraduate, he spent a semester at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. His current research focus is on innovation policy, how technological change enhances economic growth.

ARI KATTAN is a first year Masters student in the International Science and Technology Policy program. He currently works as the Program Assistant for the Nuclear Security Consensus project at The George Washington University. He received his B.A. magna cum laude in International Relations from the University of California, San Diego, in 2012.


ROBERT MCNAMARA is a first year student at the Center for International Science and Technology Policy where he is focusing on Innovation Practices for Development Policy. He graduated from Sierra Nevada College in 2010 with a B.A. in International Studies and a B.S. in Environmental Policy. After graduation, he spent time working in South Africa as an account manager for MatchWorld before returning to Sierra Nevada College as Adjunct Faculty promoting new techniques for student engagement and understanding, as well as co-instucting the International Environmental Issues courses. He spends his free time mentoring current and former students in entrepreneurial projects in subjects ranging from medical devices to social databasing.

ALINE MCNAULL is a Policy Associate at the American Institute of Physics where she focuses on a wide variety of policy issues including STEM education policy. She also contributes to FYI, AIP’s policy bulletin and coordinates efforts supporting the broad interests of the physics societies. She actively participates in science policy coalitions in Washington and acts as a liaison between the physics societies and policy makers. Prior to joining AIP, Aline was a multidisciplinary engineer at Raytheon where she worked on semiconductor wafer development. Later she became a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office concentrating on optics-related technology. She originally developed her interest in science policy as an intern for the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. Aline is currently pursuing a M.A. in International Science and Technology Policy and holds a Bachelor’s degree in physics from Bryn Mawr College.

PHOENIX MOURNING-STAR's background is in Mathematics (BS), Biostatistics (MS) Public Health/Environmental Epidemiology (MSc) and Law at the University of Auckland, New Zealand where he focused on human rights in international environmental law. While my PhD research in renewable energy in post disaster/conflict regions as a multi-disciplinary program (policy, agriculture, energy) is in Ecology; he came to the GW ISTP program to study the implications of policy and the communication of science to policy-makers on technological advances.

DANIEL "OZZIE" OSBORN received his Masters of Science in physics from UC Davis in 2004, and his J.D. (cum laude) from American University in 2007. Along the way, he has interned at Fermilab and at the University of Chicago. He is now interning on Capitol Hill with an eye to basic research advocacy.


DEVIN OSTING is a first year student at the Space Policy Institute. He graduated from Western Washington University in 2009 with a B.A. in Political Science/Philosophy/Economics, where he was active in intercollegiate debate. For the last three years, Devin has worked at LMG, a public affairs firm, working on aviation issues. Before that, he worked on political campaigns in Washington state, including Senator Patty Murray’s. He is interested in the commercial and civil sector space sectors, and the policy challenges that new uses of space creates.

ALEXANDER PAN is a second year student at Center for International Science and Technology Policy. Alex has worked for a variety of international development NGOs in China, India and Uganda and completed an internship at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy we he contributed to research on energy and environmental policy as well as OSTPs global development portfolio. Currently he works as a Program Coordinator for the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs where he works to propel entrepreneurship and innovation in emerging markets. Alex's studies focus around the intersection of innovation, entrepreneurship and development economics. Alex graduated from Colby College in 2011 with a double major in International Studies and East Asian Studies and is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area.

WILL PARKER  is a first year graduate student in the International Science and Technology Policy program. He graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of North Texas in 2007. Since 2008, Will has served as a Information Warfare Officer in the Navy with tours in the Western Pacific and Afghanistan. In 2014, he earned his M.S. in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School and was awarded outstanding thesis for his work in autonomous smartphone authentication. His policy interests include defense technology development and acquisition, technology proliferation and effects on globalization, and defense employment of emerging technologies.

DAVID PARKES is a second-year Master's student in the International Science and Technology Policy program. He currently serves as Senior Project Coordinator for the R&D Budget and Policy Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Office of Government Relations. Previously he was a Research Assistant with the British Embassy's Science and Innovation team, which supports US-UK cooperation across the full range of S&T policy issues. His past internships were at the U.S. Department of State's public diplomacy communications bureau, and CRDF Global, a nonprofit that promotes international science collaboration. David graduated from the University of Dayton in 2012 with a B.A. in International Studies and French with minors in Business and Geology.

RAPHAEL PERRINO is a second year student at the Space Policy Institute. He graduated from James Madison University in 2009 with an M.S. in Technical and Scientific Communication and currently works for SAIC as a Technical Writer. In 2010, he co-founded a STEM-centered non-profit organization, Friends of Arlington's David M. Brown Planetarium. He led online operations for the non-profit and helped raise over $430,000 to save the planetarium from closure. He currently serves on the Board of Directors, coordinating speaking engagements, NASA star parties, and monthly public programs. In 2011, he founded saveJWST, leading a successful grassroots effort to mobilize support and restore funding to the James Webb Space Telescope. In August 2014, Perrino was published in the conference proceedings of the AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum and Exposition (SPACE 2014) and presented “Is JFK-Style Leadership the Catalyst?” at the conference in San Diego, California.

BRIAN ROSE is a first year student at the Center of International Science and Technology Policy where he focuses on nuclear weapons technology and policy. He serves on the  Elliott School staff for the Associate Dean for Planning, Research, and External Relations, where he and Associate Dean Dr. Douglas Shaw run the Nuclear Policy Talks series. Brian comes to the Elliott School from the United States Institute of Peace (2007-2014), where he managed and supported efforts on nuclear policy, defense strategy and policy, civilian-military relations, complex emergency and response operations, and U.S. interagency engagement. There, he served on the staff of the 2008-2009 Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States, which provided recommendations to Congress and the Executive Branch on U.S. nuclear policy, force posture, and the U.S. nuclear weapons complex. The commission informed the Defense Department's 2010 Nuclear Posture Review as well as the ratification process of the 2009 U.S.-Russia New START agreement. Brian holds a B.A. in Political Science from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

TRENT SCHINDLER is a second year student at the Space Policy Institute. Trent graduated with a B.S. in Physics in 1995 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he performed research in the area of high-pressure physics. He went on to receive an M.S. in Meteorology from Penn State University in 2000, with an interdisciplinary concentration in the fields of planetary atmospheres, exoplanets, and astrobiology. Since graduation Trent has worked in the area of scientific animation and visualization. His work has appeared widely in print, broadcast, and Web media, including among others Nature, PBS NOVA, Scientific American, and CNN. Trent is currently a member of the Scientific Visualization Studio at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, where he creates visualizations based on remote-sensing datasets from Earth science missions.

JORDAN SOTUDEH is a first year student at the Space Policy Institute. He studied at La Sorbonne and New York University, where he received a B.A. in International Relations (Honors), Anthropology, French, a minor in Creative Writing and a certificate in Political Economy (Honors), graduating magna cum laude in 2012. His thesis paper, published in Inquiry, uses statistical analyses to test the effects of the Internet on antigovernment demonstrations around the globe. Jordan has worked with, iSpaces cloud computing, MaisonRouge artists in Paris, Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaisance, LitWorld grass-roots education, IMUNA, and currently serves as Staff Assistant at the Space Policy Institute.

GARDNER SWAN is a second year student in the ISTP program focusing on disruptive technology. He is currently a Patent Examiner in the area of semiconductor devices at USPTO. He previously was an intern with the Democratic staff of the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, focusing on issues related to STEM education and Open Access. Gardner earned his B.A. ('00) in Politics and East Asian Studies from Oberlin College and his B.S ('09) and M.S. ('11) in Physics from the University of Maryland. His Master's research was in the area of spin polarized currents in silicon.













Event Recording: Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz

A full video of the April 29th lecture event on "Science and Technology Policy in Brazil: The Role of Sub-National Initiatives," given by the Science Director of the Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz. This event was part of annual Allan Bromley Memorial Lecutre, co-hosted with the University of Ottawa. 

Al Teich at the Euroscience Open Forum

Research Professor Albert Teich traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark, to participate in the 2014 Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF2014), June 21-26.  ESOF is Europe’s largest, general science meeting. Teich was a member of ESOF's Scientific Program Committee. The meeting featured 120 sessions, plus plenaries and keynote lectures and drew 4,500 participants. Almost 40,000 local residents participated in the "Science in the City Festival" held conjunction with the meeting.

Nicholas S. Vonortas appointed to São Paulo Excellence Chair

The UNICAMP Departamento de Política Científica e Tecnológica has established a new research and doctoral teaching programme on innovation policy and innovation systems centered around a São Paulo Excellence Chair (SPEC).  A novel funding instrument in the State of São Paulo, the new SPEC programme was established recently at DPCT by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).  It is established for five years, starting September 1, 2014, with the possibility of further extension.