Current Graduate Students
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.
THOMAS 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MAYA SHARMA is a first year student at the Space Policy Institute. Maya completed her B.A. from The George Washington University's Elliott School, majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in International Politics, and a minor in Political Science. While at GWU, Maya interned with a Congressional campaign, the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, The Glover Park Group, and a Senior Fellow at University of Maryland's Center for International and Security Studies. Currently, Maya works in Government and Legal Affairs at the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the premier trade association representing the consumer technologies industry. In this role, she focuses on advocating for regulatory policies that promote innovation, disruptive technologies, and entrepreneurship. At the Space Policy Institute, Maya is interested in the development of the commercial space sector and global space governance.
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.
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.
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