Karen Hogue: NPTS Student Ambassador
September 19, 2012
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2013
Undergrad School: Texas A&M University
Undergrad Major: Nuclear Engineering
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
What are your favorite places to study, hang out, and get outdoors in Monterey?
I love the Monterey outdoors! Highway 1 is amazing - my favorite stops along the way are Point Lobos (there are a few days the water is actually warm enough and I've swam about 10 ft from curious seals), Andrew Molera State Park (purple sand beaches!), and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (it has a stunning waterfall). I love camping (you can rent gear from the MIIS Outdoor Recreation Club), and Kirk Creek Campground is on the water-side of the highway on the Big Sur coast... gorgeous!
I study in McGowan, in the quiet room across from Samson, or at Cafe Lumiere near campus. As for hanging out, Vesuvia in Carmel and Hula's in Pacific Grove have great happy hours.
What internships or jobs have you had while attending MIIS?
While at MIIS, I've worked for the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies as a Graduate Research Assistant and I spent the summer at Lawrence Livermore National Lab as an intern in the Nonproliferation division doing safeguards research.
What are your career aspirations?
I'm passionate about the intersection of science and policy, and I'd like to help bridge that gap in the nuclear field. Nonproliferation is a field with big, serious, and complex problems, and I'd like to help come up with creative and solid solutions that incorporate both technical and policy aspects. I'd be happy working at a national lab, in the government, for an international organization, with a university, or at an NGO.
Do you have a personal mantra or quote you live by?
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." - Albert Einstein
"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough" - Albert Einstein
Fun fact about you...
I accidentally jumped into quicksand when I was younger. I was in Iceland and decided to jump over a stream, then ended up sunk up to my shoulders in what looked like light-brown dirt. My dad saved me... thanks, Pops!
If I was a food, I would be...?
Onion - complex, versatile and spices things up!
What has been the highlight of your MIIS experience thus far?
I've really enjoyed getting to know my colleagues. My undergrad degree and years of work experience were in the technical field, so without coming here, I probably would have never had the chance to interact with several of my classmates who come from different backgrounds. They are competent, capable and talented. I'd be honored to work with them in the future and have no doubt we'll keep in touch personally and, hopefully, professionally.
Anything else you want to include?
The website Arms Control Wonk is entertaining and informative. Also, it's headed up by professor Jeffrey Lewis, who is the Director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation.