STIA Adjunct Faculty

Bob Bell

Bob Bell is a Senior Associate at Kalba International, Inc. A development specialist as well as electrical engineer, Bob has worked in several African countries, addressing the employment implications of ICT policies and connectivity aspects of telemedicine.  His full bio can be found here. He teaches STIA 368: Innovation, Development, and Complexity and co-teaches STIA 442: Sr Sem: Big Data & Politics along with Dr. Rajesh Veeraraghavan, STIA Assistant Professor.



Patricia Biermayr-Jenzano

Dr. Patricia Biermayr-Jenzano is an Adjunct Professor at the Science, Technology and International Affairs (STIA); She is also affiliated with the Center for Latin America Studies and the Women and Gender Studies program at Georgetown. She is a social scientist and a gender specialist who has conducted research and analysis regarding the feminization of agriculture. Her research has deep roots in Participatory Action Research (PAR) theory and practice; she has been deeply involved in mainstreaming gender in agriculture and conservation-related efforts worldwide. Her full bio can be found here. She teaches STIA 350: Gender, Environment, and Sustainability.


William B. Bonvillian

William Bonvillian served as a senior policy advisor in the U.S. Senate on science and technology policy and innovation for 17 years before becoming Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Washington office. His full bio can be found here. He has historically taught STIA 463: Senior Seminar: Innovations Systems.


Thomas Carroll
Thomas Carroll focuses on methodological and technological innovation at the intersection of finance and international security for The MITRE Corporation, a non-profit corporation operating Federally Funded Research and Development Centers. His full bio can be found here. He co-teaches STIA 475: IT & International Security along with Christina Ray.



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Jane Carter Ingram

Jane Carter Ingram has over 15 years of experience working to measure and integrate natural capital into economic development and poverty reduction. Currently, she co-leads a Powell Center/SESYNC working group on developing a natural capital accounting system for the US, is a Conservation Fellow at the Wildlife Conservation Society, a member of the Science Advisory Committee for the Science for Nature and People Partnership and serves on the Technical Advisory Group member for the UNDP Equator Initiative. Her full bio can be found here. She teaches STIA 332: CLab: Nature in Development.


Ivan Cheung
Dr. Cheung was Director of GISCience Programs for the American Association of Geographers and is now a transportation safety analyst at the National Transportation Safety Board. His full bio can be found here. He teaches STIA/ENST 441: Geographic Info Sessions.




Thomas Cronin

Thomas Cronin is a Research Geologist with the US Geological Survey, a world-renowned scholar of climate change and oceans, and a veteran of multiple scientific expeditions to Antarctica and elsewhere. His full bio can be found here. He teaches STIA 370: Oceanography.



Martin Collins

Martin Collins
Martin Collins is a curator in the Space History Department at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. His research focuses on the recent history of globalization in its relation to space-based and other technologies. His full bio can be found here. He co-teaches STIA 409: Science, Technology + Soft Power along with Teasel Muir-Harmony.




Matthew Daniels
Matthew Daniels currently works in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. His principal areas of focus include U.S. space programs, deep space exploration, and artificial intelligence. Previously he was an engineer at NASA, where he worked on spacecraft designs and special projects for the director of NASA Ames in Silicon Valley. His full bio can be found here. He teaches STIA 406: Space Security + Exploration.




Brett Freedman

Brett Freedman is Minority Counsel of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence under Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA). Prior to returning to Capitol Hill, he served in the Executive Branch as Senior Associate General Counsel advising the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and as an Attorney-Advisor in the National Security Agency’s Office of General Counsel. His full bio can be found here. He co-teaches STIA 420: Cybersecurity Conflict and Policy along with Susan Hennessey.



Elzbieta GozdziakElżbieta M. Goździak

Elżbieta M. Goździak is a Fellow for Refugee Engaged Scholarship at the Center for Social Justice at Georgetown University and a Visiting Professor at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. She is a scholar and practitioner in global health and migration. Her full bio can be found here.  She teaches STIA 354: War, Trauma, and Recovery.



William (Bill) Hahn

William Hahn is Director of the GeorgeSquared Program, a collaborative venture between the
Georgetown University Medical Center and George Mason University. Additionally, he worked
for three years as a program officer at the National Science Foundation where he ran the

Graduate Research Fellowship Program. His research interests center on the ecology and
evolutionary biology of topical plants and agricultural systems with focus on sustainability and
evolution of economically important species such as the coconut, oil palm, date palm, and peach
palm. His full bio can be found here. He teaches STIA 397: Environmental Sustainability and
Business Strategy.


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Chris Hasenkopf

Professor Hasenkopf is the Chief Executive Officer of OpenAQ, a non-profit fighting air inequality around the world through open data and community. She is also a current Echoing Green Fellow and adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University. Her full bio can be found here. She teaches STIA 450: Clab: Environmental Action with Data.



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Gabriel Henderson is a historian of science currently serving as Associate Historian at the American Institute of Physics in College Park, MD.  In addition to his research interests, he is involved with a NASA-sponsored Oral History Project on the development of space weather and helio-physics. His full bio can be found here. He teaches STIA 407: National Security, Risk Assessment, and Future Politics at Georgetown University.


Susan Hennessey
Susan Hennessey is a Fellow of National Security Law in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and Managing Editor of Lawfare. Prior to joining Brookings, she was an attorney in the Office of General Counsel of the National Security Agency (NSA). At NSA, she advised operational elements on matters relating to Information Assurance and Cyber security and represented the Agency on cyber security legislation and related executive actions. Her full bio can be found here. She teaches STIA 420: Cybersecurity Conflict and Policy.



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Andrew is the CEO of Helicase, a leader in human performance and competitive strategy. Helicase works with civilian and military organization in the U.S. Government, companies from the entertainment industry to finance, and a broad range of individuals to enhance performance. He is also an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and a proud STIA alumnus. His full bio can be found here. He has historically taught STIA 343: Emerging Tech & Security along with Richard Van Atta.


Elias Hinckley
Elias Hinckley led the clean energy practices at two national law firms before taking leadership of the Energy Group at Sullivan & Worchester where he solves financing challenges across energy sectors including solar, wind, geothermal and advanced coal. His full bio can be found here. He teaches STIA 382: Energy, Finance, Policy and Markets.



Doug Howard
Doug Howard works on the ground as a geomorphologist and in space applying remote sensing to science and intelligence questions and as a member of multiple NASA Mars science teams. His full bio can be found here. He teaches STIA 454: Remote Sensing.




Cara LaPointe

Dr. Cara LaPointe is a futurist who works at the intersection of technology, policy, leadership, and ethics, and she is a frequent speaker and advisor on emerging technology initiatives.  Cara works at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab where she focuses on ensuring that autonomous systems are safe, predictable, and secure as they are increasingly integrated into every aspect of our lives.  At Georgetown’s Beeck Center, she created the Blockchain Ethical Design Framework as a tool to drive social impact and ethics into the design and implementation of blockchain. Her full bio can be found here. She teaches STIA 386: Defense Technology.


 Jeremy Mathis

Dr. Mathis is the Director of NOAA’s Arctic Research Program and has an extensive background in engineering, climate science, and Arctic policy.  Dr. Mathis has published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles on his work and serves on a number of national and international committees. His full bio can be found here. He teaches both STIA 364: Environmental Security in the Arctic & STIA 373: Environmental Policy.



Colin McCormick

Colin McCormick is a physicist, technologist and energy policy expert based in Washington DC. He currently works with the World Resources Institute (WRI) on energy technology analysis, and Valence Strategic on computer vision and autonomous vehicles. His full bio can be found here. He teaches STA 315: CLab: Int’ Air Quality.



Monica Medina
Monica Medina was Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere at NOAA and Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense before becoming Senior Director of International Ocean Policy at the National Geographic Society. Her full bio can be found here. She teaches STIA 371: Ocean Law, Sustainable Development and Global Security.


Sumi Mehta

Sumi Mehta, MPH PhD serves as the Senior Epidemiologist in the Global Environmental Health division of Vital Strategies, a global public health organization.  She has over 18 years of experience in air pollution and health, with expertise in epidemiology, exposure assessment, comparative risk assessment, and cost-effectiveness analysis.  She has extensive field experience in South, and Southeast Asia, and has also worked in Africa, East Asia, and Latin America. Previously, she has served as the Senior Director of Research and Evaluation at the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, lead scientist for the Health Effects Institute’s international program, and a health policy analyst in the Evidence and Information for Policy group of at the WHO.  Her full bio can be found here. She teaches STIA 435: Clean Air for Global Health.


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Teasel Muir-Harmony is a curator in the Space History Department at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Her research focuses on the history of science diplomacy, international scientific cooperation, and the politics of spaceflight. Her full bio can be found here. She co-teaches STIA 409: Science, Technology + Soft Power along with Martin Collins.




Valerie Neal

Valerie Neal is a curator, historian, and current Chair of the Space History Department at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Her primary interests are human spaceflight in the Space Shuttle and International Space Station eras and scientific research conducted in space. Her full bio can be found here. She alternates teaching STIA-351: Spaceflight and Society  along with Matthew Shindell.



Christina Ray
Christina Ray is Senior Managing Director for Market Intelligence at Omnis, Inc. and head of the firm’s practice in Threat Finance & Market Intelligence as well as Director of Product Development for PCIX Inc. where she is involved in the creation of metrics and models related to private equity.  Her full bio can be found here. She co-teaches STIA 475: IT & International Security along with Thomas Carroll.



Robin M. Rotman
Robin M. Rotman is an attorney at Van Ness Feldman, LLP, in the Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources group.  Previously, Robin served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, where she led the state’s environmental justice program, and as also Legal Adviser to the Permanent Mission of Maldives to the United Nations, focusing on climate justice and climate finance. Robin’s full bio can be found here. She historically has taught STIA 367: Environ Law, Tech, & Justice.



Photo of Fadl SaadiFadl Saadi

Fadl Saadi is a Fellow at the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy within the Department of Energy focused on funding energy research projects that can have a transformational impact on the energy landscape. His interests include renewable fuels and transportation, advanced materials for energy storage, and building efficiency. Fadl’s full bio can be found here. He alternates teaching STIA 402: Clean Energy Innovation along with Varun Sivaram and Addison Stark.



Theresa Sabonis-Helf
Theresa Sabonis-Helf is a Professor of National Security Strategy at the National War College and advises governments on climate change policies, post-Soviet energy and environmental issues, regional and international energy trade, and the politics of electricity. Her full bio can be found here. She teaches STIA 318: Energy and International Security and teaches STIA 419: Energy & Environment in Eurasia.



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Indira Sarma has worked for over a decade at the nexus of resource development, programming, operations, and strategy for international NGOs and is currently Chief Operating Officer at Namati, an organization building a global movement for grassroots legal empowerment. Her full bio can be found here. She teaches STIA 352: Dev: Theory to Practice.



Richard Schroeder
Richard Schroeder had a long career as an officer in the Central Intelligence Agency’s Clandestine Service and is a founding member of the Board of Advisors of the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. His full bio can be found here. He teaches STIA 432: Technology and Intelligence.




Rod Schoonover

Rod Schoonover is a Senior Analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the U.S. Department of State whose work is primarily focused on the implications of environmental and ecological change on national security and foreign policy.  Previous roles include Director of Health, Environment, and Natural Resources at the National Intelligence Council and full Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. His full bio can be found here. He teaches INAF 180-01:Climate and Climate Change.


Matthew Shindell
Matthew Shindell is a historian of science and a poet whose work focuses on the intersection of science and religion in the American Cold War, the postwar development of nuclear geochemistry, and the growing importance of “scientific consensus” in contemporary policy making. He is currently the Curator of Planetary Science at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. His full bio can be found here. He alternates teaching STIA-351: Spaceflight and Society  along with Valerie Neal.


Varun Sivaram

Varun Sivaram is the Philip D. Reed fellow for science and technology at the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonresident fellow at the Columbia University Center for Global Energy Policy, and a member of the advisory boards for the Stanford University Woods Institute for the Environment and Precourt Institute for Energy. He is the author of the book, “Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet” (MIT University Press, 2018). His full bio can be found here. He alternates teaching STIA 402: Clean Energy Innovation along with Fadl Saadi and Addison Stark.


Christine Sow
Christine Sow is the former Chief Operating Officer of Population Services International (PSI). With more than 20 years of development experience, she has led numerous initiatives to strengthen health systems and increase access to life-saving drugs and services. Over the span of her career, Dr. Sow has worked for non-profit, academic, bilateral and multilateral agencies and spent more than 15 years in West Africa with organizations including UNICEF and USAID. Her bio can be found here. She has historically taught STIA 363: Global Health and the SDGs. She currently teaches STIA 362: Global Reproductive Health.




Vivek Srinivasan

Vivek Srinivasan is a social scientist by training and a technologist by practice.  He got a multi-disciplinary PhD in Social Sciences at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, after which he joined the Program on Liberation Technology at Stanford University.  At Stanford, he led a number of projects on using technology to combat corruption and to improve governance. You can learn more about him here. He teaches STIA 312: CLab Python for PolicySTIA 313: Data Wrangling with Python; and STIA 321: CLab: Civic Tech Lab.



Addison Stark

Dr. Addison Killean Stark is Associate Director for Energy Innovation at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) where he leads energy innovation policy initiatives. Prior to joining BPC he served as a fellow and acting program director at the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) funding energy research projects that have the potential to have a transformational impact on the energy industry.  Dr. Stark is also active in advising early-stage energy companies in the development and deployment of advanced technology. Dr. Stark’s full bio can be found here.  He alternates teaching STIA 402: Clean Energy Innovation along with Fadl Saadi and Varun Sivaram.


Photo of Andrew TarterAndrew Tarter

Andrew Tarter is an anthropologist and an interdisciplinary social scientist that has served in high-level policy positions in both foreign and domestic governments.  He was a Fulbright (US Department of State) Public Policy Fellow in the cabinet of the Prime Minister of Haiti, and an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow at USAID. His full bio can be found here. He teaches STIA 403: Haiti: Development Case Study.



Brian Toohey

Brian Toohey has worked for over two decades in innovative technology and medical device and pharmaceutical industries and is currently President & CEO of the Semiconductor Industry Association. His full bio can be found here. He teaches STIA 331: Disruptive Technologies.



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Vaughan Turekian

Vaughan Turekian is the Senior Director of the Science and Technology for Sustainability (STS) Program in the Policy and Global Affairs Division (PGA). Prior to joining the STS program, Dr. Turekian served as the Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary of State at the Department of State since September 2015. Dr.Turekian drew upon his background in atmospheric chemistry and extensive policy experience to promote science, technology, and engineering as integral components of U.S. diplomacy. He teaches STIA 334: Emerging Tech Policy.


Richard H. Van Atta
Richard Van Atta’s career has focused on the national security policy, strategy, and technological capabilities for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Intelligence Community and others. He has historically taught STIA 343: Emerging Tech & Security along with Andrew Herr.




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Swathi Veeravalli is a dedicated civil servant who is committed to resolving global challenges imposed by changing climate regimes. She has worked and traveled in over 80 countries. Her full bio can be found here. She teaches STIA 359: Human Environment Security.



Samuel Visner
Samuel Visner is a national security and cybersecurity executive who has served in multiple roles at senior levels of government and business and is now Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Cybersecurity and Resilience, at ICF International. His full bio can be found here. He teaches STIA 391: Cybersecurity: Policy, Technology, and Operations.



Veronica Wendt

Veronica Wendt has over two decades of experience in telecommunications systems and emerging technologies.  She is an associate professor of practice at the National Defense University’s College of Information and Cyberspace, where she teaches courses on emerging technology, foundational telecommunications systems and policy, and social media. Her full bio can be found here. She teaches STIA 387: Emerging Tech & Sci Fi.



Charles Wessner
Charles Wessner served for two decades as a National Academies Scholar where he founded and directed of the National Academy of Sciences’ Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Program and now advises technology agencies, universities, and governments on innovation policy.  His full bio can be found here. He teaches STIA 375: Science Innovation & Entrepreneurs.



Richard Wetzell
Richard Wetzell is a Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington where he looks at the intersection of law, science, and politics in modern Germany His full bio can be found here. He teaches STIA/JCIV 429: Science in Nazi Germany.



Christopher Wilson

Christopher Wilson co-founded The Engine Room where he led applied research on the role of technology in advocacy. His research interests include the use of digital technology for ccitizen-state interaction, with a focus on the normative conditions that facilitate neaningful interation, and metrics for determining the quality of interaction. His full bio can be found here. He teaches STIA405: Tech, Transparency, and Trump.




Carrie Wolinetz

Carrie Wolinetz is Associate Director for Science Policy and Director of the Office of Science Policy at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where she advises on a wide range of issues including human subjects protections, biosecurity, biosafety, genomic data sharing, and regenerative medicine. Her full bio can be found here. She teaches STIA 395: Biotechnology & Security.