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PopTech ’19 Fellow: Mareena Robinson Snowden

Mareena Robinson Snowden is a senior engineer at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). Prior to joining APL, Robinson Snowden served as a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Her research focused on nuclear arms control verification, nonproliferation, and modernization. From 2017 to 2018, she also 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 U.S. stockpile.

Robinson Snowden was awarded the NNSA Stockpile Stewardship Graduate Fellowship (SSGF) in 2012, 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, where she led computational and experimental investigations into the feasibility of detecting radiation generated inside of open-source warhead designs.

Robinson Snowden became the first black woman to earn a PhD in nuclear engineering from MIT in 2017, and holds a BS in physics from Florida A&M University. Her story in STEM has been featured in MARVEL Comics, CNBC, NBC, BET and other national television, radio and print media.