In 2009, Erika Mariano (MANPTS ’13) and fellow UCLA undergraduate students published a study in the MIT International Review suggesting that Osama bin Laden was living in a walled compound in an urban area of central Pakistan.
September 28, 2012
Program: Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies
Undergrad: Texas A&M University (Nuclear Engineering)
Fast Fact: Karen taught reactor physics at the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Power School prior to becoming a student at MIIS.
“I'm passionate about this field because I feel like there is so much opportunity to make a global difference.”
Karen received her undergraduate degree in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University. For the past eight years she has been working in the field of nuclear engineering, including teaching reactor physics at the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power School.
Karen has always had an interest in the policy side of nuclear energy, which ultimately led her to the Monterey Institute to pursue her master’s degree.
“I'm an engineer that really enjoys talking with people and communicating, so I thought I'd capitalize on that and try to help bridge the gap between the technical and policy communities that share the common goal of ensuring that nuclear energy is used solely for peaceful purposes.”
Karen is part of the Yellow Ribbon Program for veterans and has nothing but positive things to say about it.
“I absolutely would not be at MIIS if not for the Yellow Ribbon Program. It's allowing me to be in a high-caliber program without taking out any student loans!”
Karen has also enjoyed getting to know her fellow students at MIIS and having the opportunity work with such a talented group of people.
“I'm in classes with some of the most capable and motivated individuals I've ever met, and I would have never met them unless I had branched out of the technical community and come to MIIS.”
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