Staff Contact Information
Micah Lowenthal, Director
Micah Lowenthal is the Director of NAS CISAC. He has worked at NAS since 2001, directing or supporting Academy studies on topics ranging from safety of nuclear fuel storage to nuclear forensics and cargo screening to U.S.-Russian cooperation on nuclear nonproliferation. Previously, Lowenthal was a lecturer and researcher in nuclear engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently vice chair of the APS Forum on Physics and Society. He was a AAAS Environmental Science and Engineering Fellow in 1996. Lowenthal holds degrees in physics and nuclear engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Rita Guenther, Senior Program Officer
Rita Guenther is a senior program officer at NAS. Recipient of a Fulbright-Hays-Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship, Guenther has worked on or led several cooperative U.S.-Russian and Indo-U.S. projects, including a joint U.S.-Russian workshop on the future of the nuclear security environment in 2015, a study on indigenization of Russian nuclear material protection, control and accounting programs, and Indo-U.S. workshops on science and technology for nuclear material security and on science and technology to counter terrorism. In addition, she has led several consensus studies, including joint studies with the Russian Academy of Sciences. The Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Office of the Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary of State has consulted her concerning reforms in Russian science. Guenther received the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine distinguished service award in 2007. She speaks Russian fluently and holds a M.A. degree in Russian Studies and a Ph.D. in History from Georgetown University.
Benjamin Rusek, Senior Program Officer
Benjamin J. Rusek is a Senior Program Officer, for in the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He has supported successful collaborative work with Chinese counterparts for more than ten years, serving as the study director for the project that produced the NAS report Biosecurity Challenges of the Global Expansion of High-Containment Biological Laboratories (2012). He has organized workshops in India, Pakistan, Brazil, and other countries, often focused on the life sciences. He was a member of the Executive Board of International Student/Young Pugwash and Chair of ISYP from 2008-2013. He previously held various positions at the Henry L. Stimson Center, the Arms Control Association, and the U.S. National Air and Space Museum. Ben has a B.A. in political science from Ohio State University and an M.A. in political science from Purdue University.
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Graduate students interested in working for CISAC should apply through the
Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program