AIP State Department Science Fellows

Christopher Jackson

Christopher Jackson

2022-2023
Background

Christopher Jackson received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, where he researched the development of nanomaterial tools for genetic engineering in plants. At UC Berkeley, Chris served as the president of the Science Policy Group at Berkeley and co-president of the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative. He has also recently served as the Workshops Director for Engineers & Scientists Acting Locally, an editor for the Journal of Science Policy & Governance, and the Western Hub Chair of the National Science Policy Network.

Placement
Office of Energy Programs, Bureau of Energy Resources

Holly Mayton

2020-2021
American Physical Society
Background

Holly Mayton received her Ph.D. in Chemical and Environmental Engineering with a Designated Emphasis in Public Policy from the University of California, Riverside, where she researched the fate of waterborne pathogens in agricultural environments. While at UCR, Holly founded the Science to Policy program, contributed to several California state advisory committees, and worked for the California Council on Science and Technology. Broadly, Holly is passionate about connecting food and water science to policy and advocacy outcomes.

Allison Davis

2019-2020
American Physical Society
Background

Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Allie completed her B.S. in civil engineering at Cal Poly SLO and her M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering/civil systems at the University of Colorado Boulder. She also completed the Engineering in Developing Communities certificate from the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering. For her doctoral research, she studied the causes of success and failure of small sanitation systems in India, which further shaped her longstanding interests in infrastructure in resource-limited contexts and in foreign policy.

Placement
Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Office of Conservation and Water

Alice Alpert

2016-2017
Fellowship funding
AIP
American Meteorological Society
Background

Alice Alpert received a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography in 2016, where she studied climate variability using environmental archives of past ocean temperatures. During her graduate studies Alice took a leadership role in developing opportunities for students to improve science communication skills in a range of media. Her policy interests include climate change and water, energy, and food security.

Placement
Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Office of Global Change

Christopher Cahill

2015-2016
Fellowship funding
AIP
American Crystallographic Association
Background

Christopher Cahill’s education includes a BS in Geochemistry from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia (1993) and a PhD in Chemistry from SUNY-Stony Brook (1999). He joined the faculty of GW in 2000 after a post-doctoral position in the Environmental Mineralogy group at the University of Notre Dame.

Placement
Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism
Matthew McGrath

Matthew McGrath

2014-2015
Fellowship funding
AIP
American Crystallographic Association
Background

Since defending his Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the University of Minnesota in 2007 as a Department of Energy CSGF fellow, Matthew has worked in four different countries, including two years of Peace Corps service at a public university in central Africa and two years as an NSF international postdoctoral fellow.  He is currently working just outside of Paris, France on a large project to incorporate forest management at the European scale into climatic simulations. 

Placement
Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Office of Conservation and Water

Christa Hasenkopf

2013-2014
Fellowship funding
AIP
American Geophysical Union
Background

PhD in atmospheric science from the University of Colorado in 2011, came to the fellowship after studying air pollution in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Placement
USAID in the Office of Science and Technology as part of a team that will be creating a research and innovation fellowship program.
James Borgardt

James Borgardt

2012-2013
Fellowship funding
AIP
American Association of Physics Teachers
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.

Placement
Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism
Sarah Case

Sarah Case

2011-2012
Fellowship funding
First year funded by AIP; second year funded by State
American Physical Society
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
Matthew Sharp

Matthew Sharp

2009-2010
Fellowship funding
AIP
American Astronomical Society
Background

Matthew 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

Suzanne Parete-Koon

2008-2009
Fellowship funding
AIP
American Astronomical Society
Background

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

Placement
Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and Science

Lubna Rana

2007-2008
Fellowship funding
First year funded by AIP; second year funded by State
American Physical Society
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
Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary

James Dufty

2006-2007
Fellowship funding
AIP
American Physical Society
Background

Professor emeritus, Physics Department, University of Florida.

Placement
Bureau of International Organizations

Tegan Blaine

2005-2006
Fellowship funding
AIP
American Geophysical Union
Background

Recent Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Placement
Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

Steve Fetter

2004-2005
Fellowship funding
AIP
American Physical Society
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

Carol Christian

2003-2004
Fellowship funding
First year funded by AIP; second year funded by State
American Astronomical Society
Background

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

Placement
Office of eDiplomacy, Bureau of Information Resource Management

Edward Whittaker

2003-2004
Fellowship funding
State Department
American Physical Society, Optical Society of America
Background

Professor of physics/engineering physics at Stevens Institute of Technology

Placement
Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

Gretchen Lindsay

2002-2003
Fellowship funding
AIP
American Geophysical Union
Background

Project Engineer, the Aerospace Corporation

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

Stephanie Baum

2002-2003
Fellowship funding
State Department
American Astronomical Society
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

George Atkinson

2001-2002
Fellowship funding
AIP
American Physical Society
Background

Professor of Chemistry and Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona.

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

Barrett Ripin

2001-2002
Fellowship funding
State Department
American PHysical Society, American Association of Physics Teachers
Background

President of Research Applied, Inc.

Placement
Office of Science and Technology Cooperation, Bureau of Oceans and Environmental and Scientific Affairs