Mareena Robinson Snowden is a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Her research focuses on nuclear arms control sufficiency, nonproliferation, and modernization. Prior to joining Carnegie, she served as a National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Graduate Fellow in the Office of Major Modernization Programs. This office is responsible for the modernization of warhead systems and ensuring access to the strategic materials used in the US stockpile. In 2012, Mareena was awarded the NNSA Stockpile Stewardship Graduate Fellowship (SSGF), which supported her graduate work in the MIT Laboratory for Nuclear Security and Policy. As an SSGF fellow, she conducted verification research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, leading computational and experimental investigations into the feasibility of detecting radiation generated inside of open source warhead designs. In 2017, Mareena became the first black woman to earn a PhD in nuclear engineering from MIT. She also holds a BS in physics from Florida A&M University. Her story in STEM has been featured in MARVEL Comics, CNBC, BET, and other national television, radio, and print media.
I am most excited to work on projects that… are conscious of the realities of today, open to the possibilities of tomorrow, and inclusive of traditionally underrepresented voices in nuclear security.
I am looking for partners that can help me… develop questions that genuinely leverage the interdisciplinary nature of this field.
Innovations in my field that I am most excited to work on… are ones at the intersection of pop culture, technology, and policy.