On April 21st, Yanuar Ady Setiawan, a graduate student with the TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute, took part in the Science and Security Summit 2017, which was hosted by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. The FAS sponsored three graduate-level engineering students currently working in the area of nuclear security and nonproliferation at US universities to speak on the subject of the role of scientists and engineers in global security and safety and in the current political landscape. They were joined by three senior scientists and engineers to discuss these issues: Dr. John Holdren (former advisor of science and technology to President Obama); Dr. Richard Meserve (president emeritus, Carnegie Institution for Science); and Dr. Rodney Wilson (director of the Global Security and Cooperation Center at Sandia National Laboratories). The other graduate student presenters were Stephen Dahunsi from the University of Tennessee and Hannah Gardiner from the University of Florida.
Setiawan’s presentation focused on nuclear security education opportunities for international students, including the immediate impact of the US Department of State’s Partnership for Nuclear Security on global nuclear security education. His presentation is available online.
Setiawan is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in nuclear engineering with a specialization in nuclear nonproliferation. His research work with NSSPI Director Dr. Sunil Chirayath focuses on the impact of insider threat on security risk assessments of nuclear facilities. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.