Previous Visiting Scholars

Matt Chessen, United States Department of State, Diplomat in Residence

(August 2016-August 2017)

Topic: MACDOMs

Diego Silva, UNICAMP, Brazil

(September 2016-April 2017)

Topic: The Role of Innovation Surveys on Designing Innovation Policies

Woong Lee, Yonhap News Agency, Korea

(August 2015 – August 2016)

Research Topic: Innovation Methods in Hyper-Connected Society

Alain Norman, United States Department of State, Diplomat in Residence

(August 2015-July 2016)

Alain Norman, a Foreign Service Officer, was the 2015-2016 Diplomat in Residence at the Center for International Science & Technology Policy (CISTP) at George Washington University (GWU).  He focused his research and writing at CISTP on environmental security issues.  During his State Department career he has, inter alia, served as director of a Regional Environmental Office.  He earned a law degree from GWU, a Masters from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelors’ degree at Georgetown University.

Research Topic: Sea-level Rise and Maryland’s Response(s) – An Assessment of Efforts to Strengthen Resiliency among Vulnerable Communities


Bleddyn Bowen, Aberystwyth University, Wales
(February 2014 – May 2014)
Research Topic: Strategic Theory and US-Chinese Space Warfare Capabilities

Yonggang Fan, Secure World Foundation, China
(March 2014 – June 2014)
Research Topic: Policy Issues of Compass/Beidou Navigation Satellite System Commercialization

Luciano Cunha De Sousa
(April 2014 – October 2014)
Research Topic: The Ethanol Sector and its Dynamics of Innovation

Tomokoazu Ueta, Environmental Policy Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan
(April 2013 – March 2014)

Research Topic: Space policy research from the perspective of national security, and evaluation methodology and techniques for science and technology policy

Soohong Lee, Ministry of National Defense, Korea
(August 2013 – February 2014)

Research Topic: What ROK and US cooperation means for Space Situational Awareness

Woodong Do, Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Korea
(September 2013 – February 2014)

Research Topic: Strategic planning methodology for Research and Development: what supporting policy is being implementd by the federal government of the US to improve collaboration between industry and universities

Pierre Padilla, University of Twente, Netherlands
(September 2013 – December 2013)

Research Topic: Transnational Policy Learning: an instrumental approach - the case of the Small Business Innovation Research Program, from the U.S. to Europe

Shouping LiInstitute of Space Law of Beijing Institute of Technology
(January - June 2013)

Research Topic: Legal issues on commercial use of outer space

Sang-Keun Lee, National Research Foundation of Korea
(March 2012 - April 2013)

Research Topic: A comparative analysis of ways to secure the transparency of national R&D management systems of advanced countries focused on the US

Jong-Gu Park, Seoul National University Of Science and Technology – South Korea 
(August 2011 - July 2013)

Research Topic: Industrial organization of renewable energy and energy specific innovation systems

Sang-Keun Lee, National Research Foundation of Korea – South Korea 
(March 2012 – March 2013)

Research Topic: A comparative analysis of ways to secure the transparency of national R&D management systems of advanced countries focused on the US

Seung-Ku Ahn, Korea Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP) – South Korea
(September 2011 – September 2012)

Research Topic: Comparative study on the performance assessment methodologies used by the Korea and US government R&D program through seeing the cases NIST and DOE performed

Bo-Hyeon Jo, Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information – South Korea
(June 2012 – November 2012)

Research Topic: The governance policies of worldwide research institutes

Jesse Sanders, U.S. Department of State – USA

(September 2011  June 2012)

Diplomat in Residence

Daeyeon Cho, Korea Institute of Construction and Transportation Technology Planning and Evaluation (KICTEP) – South Korea

(September 2011  June 2012)

Research Topic: Effectiveness of government financing of R&D for the innovation of industry and economic growth

Zhang Ming, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences – China

(December 2011  May 2012)

Research Topic: Sino-U.S. space relations

Dinesh Kumar, Defense Research & Development Organization – India

(April 2011  March 2012)

Research Topic: An assessment of the evolving dual use space programs, policies and strategies

Dong-Kyu Park, Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology (KEIT) – South Korea

(December 2010  March 2012)

Research Topic: Benchmarking national and public research and development systems

Edwin Tachlian, Sergio Arboleda University – Columbia

(May 2011  August 2011)

Research Topic: Space Procurement: Steps towards a better regulation for developing countries

Nikoloas Evangelatos, University of Athens – Greece

(November 2010  November 2011)

Research Topic: Application of the theoretical model of the Triple Helix on the Washington biotechnology cluster

Sabine Herlitschka, Austrian Research Promotion Agency – Austria

(November 2010 – May 2011)

Research Topic: Transatlantic EU-U.S. science & technology alliance working jointly on grand challenges: vision or chance for realization?

Wilson Correa de Fonseca, Brazilian Enterprise for Agricultural Research (EMBRAPA) – Brazil

(February 2010 – March 2011)

Research Topic: International communication for EMBRAPA

Jae-Ho Jang, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) – South Korea

(March 2010 – Feburary 2011)

Research Topic: Linking evaluation of R&D programs to budget processes, American best practices

Koji Umehara, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology (MEXT) – Japan

(April 2010 – March 2011)

Research Topic: Policy–making process & US approach to exploiting 'innovation in space'

Hongyul Paik, Korean Aerospace Research Institute – South Korea

(April 2010 – Nov 2011)

Research Topic: Future character of US–Korean cooperation in space

Wang-Dong Kim, S&T Policy Institute (STEPI) – South Korea

(July 2010 – June 2011)

Research Topic: Research innovation cluster policy in S&T and planning and evaluating R&D programs

Alanna Krolikowski, University of Toronto – Canada

(September 2010 – May 2011)

Research Topic: US–China relations in the Space & Aircraft Technology Sectors

Jennifer Rahimi, U.S. Department of State – USA

(September 2010 – June 2011)

Diplomat in Residence

Ms. Hwa-Yong Ahn - Korea

Ms. Hwa-Yong Ahn is a senior researcher at the The National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF). At NRF, she is responsible for the general planning management, research management, planning & budget, and accounting. She is also a recipient of the Minister Award, Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Deputy Prime Minister award, Ministry of Finance & Economy, and President award.

Mr. Mischa Hansel - Germany

Mischa Hansel was born in Bergisch-Gladbach (Germany) in 1979. He studied political science, medieval and modern history and German philology at the University of Cologne and graduated in 2006. Since 2007 Mischa Hansel has been Ph.D. candidate and teaching assistant at the Chair for International Politics and Foreign Policy Analysis at the University of Cologne, headed by Prof. Dr. Thomas Jager. At the end of 2007, he also became a member of the editorial staff of the "Zeitschrift furAussen- und Sicherheitspolitik" [Journal of Foreign Policy and Security Policy]. Mischa Hansel taught courses on international politics, methods of social science and causes of war studies at the University of Cologne and Matej Bel University Banska Bystrica (Slovakia). He also worked at the German Armed Forces General and Staff Academy in Hamburg in March 2007 and at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna in 2008. His research interests include causes of war studies, strategic studies and security in space and cyberspace. His dissertation on "US Military Space Policy and Strategic Competition in the Information Age" is supported by a dissertation grant from the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation. During his stay at the Space Policy Institute from August 1st till September 30th he intends to talk to US officials and policy experts on the interrelations between space strategy and conventional military power.

Roselene Chaves - Brazil

Mrs. Roselene Chaves is an agribusiness researcher of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) at the Ministry of Agriculture and Supply (MAPA) - Brazil. At EMBRAPA, she is responsible for the management of marketing and technology transfer programs for staple foods. Nowadays she is nearing the dissertation phase of the PhD program in Agribusiness (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil). Her interests include patterns of science and technology policies to public R&D toward embrace the concepts of knowledge-intensive production and sustainability in agri-business sector.

Dr. Myoung-Hwan Ahn - Korea (September 2007 - August 2009)

Dr. Myoung-Hwan was the director of Global Environmental System Research Team at National Meteorological Research Institute of Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA). He has a BS degree from Seoul National University and a PhD degree in Meteorology from the University of Maryland in College Park. At KMA, his main responsibility was the development of scientific algorithms to derive geophysical parameters from the earth observing satellites inculding meteorological satellites. Especially, he was the PI for the development of Meteorological Data Processing System for the Korea's first geostationary meteorological satellite planned to be launched in 2009. He also served as a committee member for the revision of Korea's Long Term Space Developemnt Plan in 2000 and 2005. His major interests in SPI are in the policy development for the effective utlization of R&D satellite data into the operational meteorology and application of operational meteorological satellite to climate resarch.

Daichi Harada - Japan (April 2008 - March 2009) Senior specialist of Space and Aeronautics Policy Division at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Government of Japan. He has been involved mostly in S&T policy, space policy at MEXT and even while he was loaned to the Cabinet Secretariat. His interests include U.S. space policy development and other related policy issues including space-based PNT and S&T. .

Wataru Todoroki - Japan (April 2008 - March 2009)

Mr. Wataru Todoroki is a senior specialist of the Research and Development Bureau at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology-Japan(MEXT). Formerly, he was in charge of creating the guideline for research and development evaluation at MEXT and also in charge of evaluating independent administrative institutions. In addition, he worked on the integration of two nuclear research institutes to establish the Japan Atomic Energy Agency.

Yeon Sik Ha - Korea (February 2008 - January 2009)

Yeon Sik Ha was the Director of Strategic Technology Planning Center at Korea Research Institute of Standard Science (KRISS). He has been working at KRISS for about twenty-four years and involving mostly in evaluation and strategic technology planning. Most recently, he took part in various policy studies including comparative study of government R&D programs and technology planning.

Mr. Donghun Lee - Korea (October 2007 - September 2008)

Mr. Donghun Lee is a senior researcher with R&D program management team at the Korea Science Engineering Foundation (KOSEF). At KOSEF, he is responsible for the management of R&D program, especially audit of R&D projects. He does a research on examining and analysing US's international science and technology policy and programs.