Center for International Science and Technology Policy

M.A. Candidates in International Science and Technology Policy



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.

BRITTANY BALCOM is a first 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.

DAVID BELCHER is a second year student at the Space Policy Institute. He graduated from Cleveland State University in 2012 with a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science. His research was primarily centered upon constructing theoretical frameworks for a synthesis between the international relations theories of Neoliberalism and Neorealism, with a focus on investigating the causes of late-twentieth and early twenty-first century conflicts. David has recently worked as an intern with the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, ATK, and the Aerospace Industries Association. He is currently a research assistant at Fultron Corporation.

JONATHAN BERLINER is a graduate fellow at the Center for International Science and Technology Policy. Previously, he was on the operations and scientific staff at the California Institute of Technology's LIGO Laboratory, serving at LIGO Hanford Observatory in Richland, WA, which is home to the world's most sensitive gravitational wave detector. His work included signal processing, data analysis (Unix, Python, C, MATLAB, etc.), laser and optical metrology, mechanical design (AutoCAD and SolidWorks), and hosting outreach events. He graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York with an A.B. in Economics, Physics, and Mathematics. Besides for science, he enjoys mountaineering and diving.

MIA BROWN is a first year graduate student at the Space Policy Institute at GW where she concentrates in international space policy and political risk management. She recently graduated with an M.A. in Historical Studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) where she concentrated in space policy, 20th century science and technology policy, and the history of science. Her masters thesis focused 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 central European politics at the Anglo American University in Prague and intensive Chinese language studies at the Beijing Language and Culture University in Beijing. She's worked at various organizations in Washington, DC including Search for Common Ground, Office of Senator Charles E. Schumer, Smithsonian Institution, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and the Office of International and Interagency Relations at NASA HQ. Currently, she is an intern at Arianespace. 

THOMAS CHINICK is a first 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.

SCOTT FREESE is a second year student with the Space Policy Institute. He attained a B.S. in Astrophysics from Lehigh University in 2008, after interning at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center in summer 2007, and studying at the University of Edinburgh in the Fall 2007 semester. Upon graduation, Mr. Freese returned to Goddard, employed by SGT, Inc., as a Spacecraft Thermal Coatings and Contamination Engineer. In this position, he continues to support multiple spacecraft projects in all phases of development. He performs laboratory space environment simulation, analysis of thermal control coatings, and was also part of the launch site team for the Solar Dynamics Observatory, which successfully launched from Kennedy Space Center in February 2010.

EMERSON ELEK FRENCH is a second year Master's student with interests in energy, the environment,and general science policy at the state and local governance level. He received a B.A. in chemistry from Oberlin College in 2012, where he also studied economics and history. He currently researches U.S. visa policy for scientists and engineers with Professor Al Teich, and works in quality assurance at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

ANTONIA GROMYKO is a first 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 first 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 first 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. 

KATRINA LAYGO is a second year student at the Space Policy Institute. Her research interests focus on the applications of space technologies for support of maritime security and disaster risk reduction in the United States and Southeast Asia. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2010, receiving her B.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies and minor in Geospatial Information Systems and Technology. Katrina served as the Center Lead for NASA's Applied Sciences DEVELOP Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where she conducted applied, use-based research for near-term application and benefit under the guidance of NASA and partner science advisors. She is currently an intern for Environment and Energy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

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 I 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; I 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.





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.

DAVID PARKES is a first year Master's student in the International Science and Technology Policy program. He currently serves as 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. Previously, he held internships 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 first 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-Editor. 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.

ROTSY RAZAFIMANANTO is a second year student in the International Science and Technology Policy program. He completed an internship at the World Bank's Information Communication and Technology unit as a research assistant. While at the World Bank his research focused on e-leadership training, capacity building, and information technology skills and industry in Eastern Europe. Rotsy is  a Fulbright scholar from Madagascar. Prior to attending the Elliott School of International Affairs, he worked as a web developer at Ideoneov in Antananarivo, Madagascar. His work consisted in developing web applications; he also participated in building and testing several Drupal websites. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Antananarivo.

TRENT SCHINDLERis a first-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.

KATLYN SCHOLL is a second year MA candidate interested in environmental policy and biodiversity conservation, as well as science communication and education.  She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, earning dual bachelors degrees in Anthropology and Art History.  While at UF she worked in the Reed Lab at the Florida Museum of Natural History, conducting research on population genetics of primates and their parasites.  Katlyn has also worked as a biological field assistant studying bats in the Bahamas, and birds in the Peruvian Amazon.  She is currently interning at the U.S. Department of State, in the Bureau of Ocean and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Office of Conservation and Water.  She is originally from Key West, FL, and enjoys spending her (limited) free time outside, in the sun, on the water.

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 first 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.

CHRISTINA WALROND is a second year student in the International Science and Technology Policy program. She works in the Dean's Office of the Elliott School for Associate Dean Doug Shaw where she administers the Nuclear Policy Talks Series. She also works for the Institute for Science and International Security, where she writes and contributes to ISIS's technical assessments of centrifuge programs in Iran, Pakistan, and North Korea. Christina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Christina has also been featured in the GW newsletter for her work on nuclear security, and is widely cited on cutting-edge developments in the field.











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