integration activities related to fuels development for advanced thermal- and fast-spectrum systems, and the deputy project manager for the RTG Launch Safety Analysis project for space nuclear power sources. Dr. MacLean’s thesis research focused on silver transport in silicon carbide in TRISO-coated fuel particles for high-temperature gas reactors. While a graduate student, Dr. MacLean was a Department of Energy nuclear energy fellowship recipient and conducted research at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Schenectady, New York. She designed and developed novel graphite/silicon carbide spherical diffusion couples to study thermally accelerated silver migration in silicon carbide. Her experience also include three summers at the Palisades Nuclear Plant in Covert, Michigan, where she analyzed the balance of plant data, provided engineering support during a refueling outage, and analyzed dry fuel storage system performance. Dr. MacLean has been a member of the American Nuclear Society since 1994. She is currently treasurer of the Materials Science & Technology Division and an executive committee member of the Aerospace Nuclear Science & Technology Division. Dr. MacLean earned a B.S. in nuclear engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996 and a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004.
Fawwaz T. Ulaby (NAE) is the Arthur Thurnau Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. He was previously the founding provost and executive vice president for academic affairs of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), a graduate research university under development along the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia. Prior to assuming this position, Dr. Ulaby was the R. Jamison and Betty Williams Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, where he had also served as vice president for research (1999-2005). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of IEEE and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and he serves on several scientific boards and commissions. Since joining the University of Michigan faculty in 1984, Dr. Ulaby has directed numerous interdisciplinary, NASA-funded projects aimed at the development of high-resolution satellite radar sensors for mapping Earth’s terrestrial environment. He also served as the founding director of a NASA-funded Center for Space Terahertz Technology, whose research was aimed at the development of microelectronic devices and circuits that operate at wavelengths intermediate between the infrared and the microwave regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Over his academic career, he has supervised 115 highly motivated and talented graduate students. Dr. Ulaby received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1968.
Kathleen A. Walsh is an assistant professor of national security affairs in the National Security Decision Making Department at the Naval War College (NWC), where she teaches policymaking and process (PMP) and the contemporary staff environment (CSE). Her research focuses on China and the Asia-Pacific region, particularly security and technology issues. Her current research projects include assessing national security implications of China’s commercial shipbuilding enterprise and, as a separate project, implications from China’s increasing role in UN peacekeeping operations. She is author of numerous publications, including “The Role, Promise and Challenges of Dual-Use Technologies in National Defense,” chapter 7 in The Modern Defense Industry: Political, Economic and Technological Issues (Richard A. Bitzinger, ed., Praeger, 2009); “National Security Challenges and Competition: Defense and Space R&D in the Chinese Strategic Context,” Technology in Society (July 2008); Post-Conflict Borders and UN Peace Operations: Part 1: Border Security, Trade Controls, and UN Peace Operations (Henry L. Stimson Center, 2007); and Foreign High-Tech R&D in China: Risks, Rewards, and Implications for US-China Relations (Stimson Center, 2003), as well as numerous congressional testimonies, public presentations, and high-level government briefings. Prior to joining the NWC, Dr. Walsh was a senior consultant to several Washington-area think tanks (e.g., CSIS, Monterey Institute, and Stimson Center) and a senior associate at the Stimson Center as well as at a defense consulting firm. She was appointed in 2007 as a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Assessing the Need for a National Defense Stockpile and as a member of the Office of Director of National Intelligence’s Summer Hard Problem (SHARP) Program. She is an affiliate of the China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI), participates in the Asia Pacific Study Group, and is a member of the U.S. Council on Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) and its Study Group on the Implications for Naval Enhancement in the Asia Pacific (2009-2010).