Directory of AIP State Department Science Fellows

2012-2013: James Borgardt

Member Society: AAPT

Background: Borgardt has been a professor of physics at Juniata College since 1998, he has served as SPS chapter adviser since 1999. While at Juniata, Borgardt initiated a collaboration with scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratories researching the capabilities of large-area radiation detectors which have since been deployed at US border crossings in an effort to interdict the illicit transport of nuclear material. Borgardt has spent time in India as the on-site director of the Brethren Colleges Abroad program and as a visiting professor of Physics at Cochin University of Science and Technology. Borgardt received his PhD in physics from the University of Arizona in 1998, training in atomic and molecular physics using a MeV Van de Graaff accelerator.

Placement: Department’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism

Fellowship funding: AIP

2011-2012: Sarah Case

Member Society: APS

Background: Condensed-matter physics graduate of the University of Chicago. Prior to her fellowship, Case served for three years as a program officer at the National Research Council, where she directed studies on the role of nuclear energy in the US future energy mix and worked with the Department of Energy on assessing proliferation risks in nuclear fuel cycles.

Placement: US State Department's Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs

Fellowship funding: First year funded by AIP; second year funded by State

2009-2010: Matthew Sharp

Member Society: AAS

Background: Sharp is a PhD physicist from the University of Chicago trained in the use of technology and quantitative analysis to unravel the secrets of the largest and smallest structures in the universe, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, focusing on the role that technology can play in verifying compliance with a disarmament treaty.

Placement: U.S. State Department Office of Multilateral Nuclear and Security Affairs, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation.

Fellowship funding: AIP

2008-2009: Suzanne Parete-Koon

Member Society: AAS

Background: Recent Ph.D. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the University of Tennessee.

Placement: Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and Science

Fellowship funding: AIP

2007-2008: Lubna Rana

Member Society: APS

Background: Lubna Rana received her PhD in particle physics from the University of Maryland, where she also worked as a visiting scientist, studying supersymmetry and supergravity.

Placement:

Fellowship funding: First year funded by AIP; second year funded by State

2006-2007: James Dufty

Member Society: APS

Background: Professor emeritus, Physics Department, University of Florida.

Placement: Bureau of International Organizations

Fellowship funding: AIP

2005-2006: Tegan Blaine

Member Society: AGU

Background: Recent Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Placement: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

Fellowship funding: AIP

2004-2005: Steve Fetter

Member Society: APS

Background: Professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Affairs and Associate Director of the Joint Global Change Research Institute

Placement: Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary

Fellowship funding: AIP

2003-2004: Carol Christian

Member Society: AAS

Background: Head of Development, Technology and Innovation at the Space Telescope Science Institute

Placement: Office of eDiplomacy, Bureau of Information Resource Management

Fellowship funding: First year funded by AIP; second year funded by State

2003-2004: Edward Whittaker

Member Society: APS, OSA

Background: Professor of physics/engineering physics at Stevens Institute of Technology

Fellowship Assignment: Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

Fellowship funding: State Department

2002-2003: Gretchen Lindsay

Member Society: AGU

Background: Project Engineer ,the Aerospace Corporation

Placement: Office of Plans, Policy and Analysis, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

Fellowship funding: AIP

2002-2003: Stephanie Baum

Member Society: AAS

Background: Division Head, Engineering and Software Services at the Space Telescope Science Institute

Placement: Office of Agriculture and Textile Trade Affairs, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs

Fellowship funding: State Department

2001-2002: George Atkinson

Member Society: APS

Background: Professor of Chemistry and Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona

Placement: Bureau of Intelligence and Research; Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs

Fellowship funding: AIP

2001-2002: Barrett Ripin

Member Society: APS, AAPT

Background: President of Research Applied, Inc.

Fellowship Assignment: Office of Science and Technology Cooperation, Bureau of Oceans and Environmental and Scientific Affairs

Fellowship funding: State Department