AIP State Department Science Fellows

Matthew McGrath

Matthew McGrath

2014-2015
American Crystallographic Association

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
Fellowship funding: 
AIP

Christa Hasenkopf

2013-2014
American Geophysical Union

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.
Fellowship funding: 
AIP
James Borgardt

James Borgardt

2012-2013
American Association of Physics Teachers

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: 
Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism
Fellowship funding: 
AIP
Sarah Case

Sarah Case

2011-2012
American Physical Society

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
Matthew Sharp

Matthew Sharp

2009-2010
American Astronomical Society

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
Fellowship funding: 
AIP

Suzanne Parete-Koon

2008-2009
American Astronomical Society

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

Placement: 
Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and Science
Fellowship funding: 
AIP

Lubna Rana

2007-2008
American Physical Society

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

James Dufty

2006-2007
American Physical Society

Professor emeritus, Physics Department, University of Florida.

Placement: 
Bureau of International Organizations
Fellowship funding: 
AIP

Tegan Blaine

2005-2006
American Geophysical Union

Recent Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Placement: 
Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
Fellowship funding: 
AIP

Steve Fetter

2004-2005
American Physical Society

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

Carol Christian

2003-2004
American Astronomical Society

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

Edward Whittaker

2003-2004
American Physical Society, Optical Society of America

Professor of physics/engineering physics at Stevens Institute of Technology

Placement: 
Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
Fellowship funding: 
State Department

Gretchen Lindsay

2002-2003
American Geophysical Union

Project Engineer, the Aerospace Corporation

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

Stephanie Baum

2002-2003
American Astronomical Society

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

George Atkinson

2001-2002
American Physical Society

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

Barrett Ripin

2001-2002
American PHysical Society, American Association of Physics Teachers

President of Research Applied, Inc.

Placement: 
Office of Science and Technology Cooperation, Bureau of Oceans and Environmental and Scientific Affairs
Fellowship funding: 
State Department