Title and Affiliation:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Computer Science
Stanford University

PONI involvement:

2016 PONI Nuclear Scholar

How has PONI impacted your career?

PONI has given me an opportunity to leverage my technical background towards ensuring nuclear security for the next generation. The process of gaining knowledge from meetings and seminars, being exposed to ideas from other young leaders, having my PONI research article circulated in venues such as the USSTRATCOM daily news brief, and connecting with impactful senior leadership in nuclear security has been nothing short of transformative. Moving forward, PONI is providing the groundwork for continuing to engage in nuclear security issues via participation in a Carnegie Foundation grant program that builds on some of the research I worked on during the program.

Describe one PONI activity you participated in?

One of the most memorable PONI activities I participated in was a mock multinational crisis-response scenario — the amount I learned about the difficulties of coordinating such a response (and the efficacy of cyber-warfare) was remarkable.

What one piece of advice would you have for those interested in joining the nuclear field?

A common assumption for new entrants into the nuclear field is that they may not have the requisite background to contribute. On the contrary, nuclear security is an incredibly broad field, requiring expertise from disciplines as diverse as engineering, management, law, and diplomacy. Whatever one’s specialty may be, it is highly likely that both the country and the world could both benefit from its application to critical problems in nuclear security.

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