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Risk Innovation Fellows, Scholars and Entrepreneurs

Risk Innovation Fellows, Scholars, and Entrepreneurs

Risk Innovation Fellows, Scholars and Entrepreneurs are a community of faculty, staff and students with diverse interests and expertise, tied together by a common interest in improving our world through innovative approaches to understanding and acting on risk. They combine expertise, practical application, creativity, innovation, and transdisciplinary collaboration, across a spectrum of disciplines ranging from the natural and social sciences, to engineering, law, humanities and the arts. More …

Risk Innovation Fellows

Faculty, postdocs and staff actively engaged in risk innovation research and practice
Maynard

Andrew Maynard

Director, Risk Innovation Lab
Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University
Email: andrew.maynard@asu.edu

Andrew’s expertise is in risk innovation, and the responsible development and use of emerging technologies. A well known science communicator, he writes a regular column for the journal Nature Nanotechnology, he is a columnist for The Conversation, and is the creator of the YouTube channel Risk Bites. He also co-chairs the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Nanotechnology. More …


Michael Bennett

Michael Bennett

Associate Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, and Lecturer in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
Arizona State University
Email: michael.bennettn@asu.edu

Michael was formerly an associate professor on the faculty of the Northeastern University School of Law and the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Science, Technology and Society at Vassar College. He has held teaching and research positions at the University of Michigan, Michigan Technological University, Polytechnic University, and the University of Virginia, and has served as advisor to several university offices of technology transfer. Michael holds undergraduate degrees in physics and mathematics from Florida A&M University. He also holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a Ph.D. in Science & Technology Studies from Rensselaer. As a legal consultant, he advises artist-operated organizations and limited resource academic institutions on innovation, fundraising, and risk management. More …


Michael Bernstein

Michael Bernstein

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Email: mjbernst@asu.edu

Michael is a postdoctoral research associate at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University (ASU). He studies ways that education, research, policy, and other initiatives related to science and technology can be made more reflective of broader societal interests, like sustainability. Examples of Michael’s work include participating in Expert & Citizen Assessment of Science & Technology (ECAST) efforts to use “citizen participation, collaboration and expert analysis to inform and improve decision-making on issues involving science and technology”; evaluating Science Outside the Lab, a policy immersion program to help PhD scientists and engineers learn about the relationships between science and government; and analyzing efforts by the U.S. Global Change Research Program to manage research in pursuit of usable information. He is an affiliate scholar with ASU’s Sustainability Science Education project, previously served as a research associate with the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at ASU, and supported projects on climate preparedness, resilience, and adaptation led by the White House Council on Environmental Quality. More …


Diana Bowman

Diana Bowman

Associate Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society and Associate Professor, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Arizona State University
Email: diana.bowman@asu.edu

Diana’s research has primarily focused on the legal and policy issues associated with emerging technologies, and public health law. Diana has a BSc, a LLB and a PhD in Law from Monash University, Australia. In August 2011 she was admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria (Australia). More …


Andi Hess

Andi Hess

Director of the Interdisciplinary Translation and Integration Sciences Initiative at Arizona State University. Doctoral Student, PhD in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology, School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Email: andihess@asu.edu

Andi Hess is an Instructor in Leadership & Interdisciplinary Studies at ASU and the Director of the Interdisciplinary Translation and Integration Sciences Initiative, which aims to help research teams across the university bridge disciplinary gaps through a process of interdisciplinary translation. Interdisciplinary translation can help reduce elevated risk and increase high reward in research. More …


Jonathan Klane

Jonathan Klane

Assistant Director of Safety Programs for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University
Doctoral Student, Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology, School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Email: Jonathan.Klane@asu.edu

Jonathan Klane, M.S.Ed., CIH, CSP, CHMM, CET is the Assistant Director of Safety Programs for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University (or ASU). His responsibility is to facilitate and promote the safety culture for the six engineering schools, including about 500 labs, 425 faculty, and about 20,000 students. He has a Masters in Adult Education, a Bachelor’s in Geology, and is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), and Certified Environmental Health & Safety (CET). More …


Majia Nadesan

Majia Nadesan

Professor, New College, Arizona State University
Email: Majia@asu.edu

Majia’s teaches Risk Communication and Environmental Risk Communication and Advocacy. Her interdisciplinary research examines the ethical implications of societal governing logics and risk-management strategies. She studied how expert understandings of autism shape how people diagnosed with the disorder are understood and treated in her book Constructing Autism (Routledge, 2005). In Governmentality, Biopower and Everyday Life (2008, 2011, Routledge) she looked at how global economic logics and technological assemblages shape everyday life practices and opportunities for US citizens. In Governing Childhood she examined how these same economic logics and technological infrastructures impact children’s daily lives, creating vastly unequal childhoods (Palgrave, 2010). More recently, she has looked at how politics and scientific uncertainty complicate risk assessment in Fukushima and the Privatization of Risk (Palgrave, 2013) and Crisis Communication, Liberal Democracy and Ecological Sustainability: The Threat of Financial and Energy Complexes in the Twenty-First Century (Lexington, 2016). More …


Heather Ross

Heather Ross

Clinical Assistant Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Email: hmross1@asu.edu

Heather M. Ross, Ph.D., DNP, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Arizona State University jointly appointed in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and College of Nursing and Health Innovation. She holds a fellowship in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Heart Rhythm Society. She also holds an appointment as Research Scientist in the Global Security Initiative. Her research interests center on biomedical technology innovation, wearable medical devices, biomonitoring, health security, and human resilience. She maintains a clinical practice in Cardiac Electrophysiology with Arizona Arrhythmia Consultants. More …


Lauren Withycombe Keeler

Lauren Withycombe Keeler

Visiting Assistant Professor
School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Email: lauren.withycombe@asu.edu

Lauren Withycombe Keeler is a visiting assistant professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University and founding member of the Center for the Study of the Future and the Risk Innovation Lab. Dr. Withycombe Keeler is trained in sustainability science and in her research and teaching she explores the future impacts of social and technological innovation on sustainability goals. She is particularly interested in innovating new methods for exploring and constructing more creative futures that can help address urgent sustainability problems. She has worked in the United States and Germany with universities, businesses, and governments utilizing participatory scenario construction, visioning and sustainability assessment to explore issues of sustainability and responsible innovation with a focus on cities, water systems, and human health and well-being. Her current research projects focus on the governance of autonomous vehicles; Sensors and Humans in Networking Environments (SHINE); the future of the American Dream; risk, resilience and the future of sustainable cities; and many more. Follow Dr. Withycombe Keeler on twitter @femmefutura. More …


Keri Szejda

Keri Szejda

Postdoctoral Research Associate, School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Food Safety and Health Communication Scholar, Center for Research on Ingredient Safety
Arizona State University
Editor, CRIS Bits
Email: keri.szejda@asu.edu

Keri has a Doctor of Philosophy in Communication, a Master of Arts in Speech Communication, a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution, and Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies. Her research focuses on message design and evaluation on topics related to health and sustainability aspects of food. More …


Risk Innovation Scholars

Students actively engaged in studying, research and practicing risk innovation
Haytham Amin

Haytham Amin

Masters Student, Global Technology and Development, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University
Email: hamin1@asu.edu

Haytham earned his B.A from Beni Suef University in Pharmaceutical Sciences. His medical background sparked his passion towards social science and development. He worked at the International Rescue Committee in refugee resettlement and within the monitoring and evaluation team for Maricopa County. In 2015, he joined the Risk Innovation Lab as a research assistant and is a graduate student in the Master of Global Technology Development program in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. He is currently a fellow in the USAID’s Research and Innovation fellowship program, Global Development Lab. His research focuses on using open source technologies to enhance the capabilities of social organizations.  More …


Elizabeth Garbee

Elizabeth Garbee

Doctoral Student, Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology, Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University
Email: egarbee@asu.edu

Elizabeth earned her B.A. from Oberlin College in Astrophysics and Classical Greek Literature. During her undergraduate years, she studied gravitational wave astronomy and spinning black hole binary systems. She joined the Risk Innovation Lab, as a research assistant in August 2015. She is a third year PhD student in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology program at Arizona State University’s Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes. Her current graduate research interests include domestic science policy, science education, and intellectual property.


Sarah Geren

Sarah Geren

Doctoral Student,Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology, Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University
Email: sgeren@asu.edu

Sarah earned her B.S. degree in Conservation Biology and M.Sc. in Biology and Society in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. During her master’s she also worked at ASU’s Center for Biodiversity Outcomes. Both her undergraduate and master’s thesis studied the environmental and health impacts of dietary protein choices made by consumers. Current research interests are broadly centered on environmental policy and societal perceptions of environmental issues. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University.


Alissa Haddaji

Alissa Haddaji

Doctoral Student, Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University
Email: Alissa.Haddaji@asu.edu

Alissa J. Haddaji is Planetary Protection Project officer at the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), a Visiting Scholar at the George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute (Washington DC) and a Research Assistant at Arizona State University’s Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes, DC campus. Master Graduate in History/International relations, Science, Technology and Society (STS), Political Science (specialized in Scientific Mediation) and Space Oceanography from La Sorbonne-Paris 1, Brown University and the University of Bordeaux, she is currently pursuing her 3rd year of PhD at École Normale Supérieure (ENS Paris) specializing in International Space Debris Reentry political processes. In parallel, she is pursuing a PhD in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology at ASU, with a focus on International Space Risk Management and Space Law.


Eric Kennedy

Eric Kennedy

Doctoral Student, Ph.D. student in the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes (CSPO), School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University
Email: ericbkennedy@asu.edu

Eric graduated with a Bachelor of Knowledge Integration in 2012, from the University of Waterloo. Eric is interested in the way knowledge is produced, distributed, used, and understood among different communities and how can we better share knowledge, create inclusive political processes, and collaborate across communities in Canada & internationally. Eric received the Graduate College Completion Fellowship May of 2017.

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Justin Kidd

Justin Kidd

Doctoral Student,Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering, Ira A Fulton Engineering, Arizona State University
Email: jmkidd1@asu.edu


Esther Moon

Esther Moon

Masters Student, Applied Ethics and the Professions of Science, Technology and Ethics, Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University
Email: estherm@asu.edu

Esther earned her B.S. from Arizona State University in Political Science. She is an active volunteer with the Gilbert Public School District serving on district working committees such as zero-based budgeting, technology integration, and digital citizenship. This experience led her to an interest in technology and ethics as it applies to K-12 education. Esther’s current graduate research interests include ethical technology integration practices in K-12 education, particularly the obligation of a school district to facilitate ethical, technological innovations in a way that reduces risk to students and ensures digital equality. Other research interests include ensuring digital inclusion for disabled students, reducing gaps in access and ensuring digital security and privacy of minors as learning models transform to open access models. Esther joined the Risk Innovation Lab as a Web Content Assistant in February 2017. More …


Jacqueline Tonucci

Jacqueline Tonucci

Masters Student, Science and Technology Policy, Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University
Email: jtonucci@asu.edu

Jacki earned her B.A. from Northern Kentucky University in International Studies with a focus in Political science. Interests in international commerce lead to an internship with Givaudan Flavours and Fragrances which introduced her to food regulations, food technologies, and science policy. Jacki is currently a graduate student in ASU’s Science and Technology Policy Program. She joined the Risk Innovation Lab in 2016 as an extension of investigating Micromorts. Jacki hopes to use the Risk Innovation Lab to further her understanding of innovation in foods and the potential risks that come with it. More …


Tomas Vrba

Tomas Vrba

Masters Student, Global Technology and Development, Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University
Email: tvrba@asu.edu

Among many other things, Tom is a technologist, a generalist and an effective altruist who has tinkered with computers ever since laying his hands on an Intel i486 processor growing up in post-communist Czech Republic. He received his BA in Linguistics, English and Spanish from the University of Stirling in Scotland. During his undergraduate studies in 2013 he discovered Bitcoin, and subsequently, soon after its release, Ethereum. With the realization how embedding trust, truth and transparency into our networks has the potential to fundamentally change how our societies operate, he’s been closely following the developments of blockchain technology ever since. His interests lie in the social, economic and political implications of blockchain technology, as well as the incentives, economic and legal aspects of emerging non-profit and for-profit business models on the blockchain. He is particularly interested in using blockchains for humanitarian and foreign aid purposes to assist in funding, deploying and tracing development funds. Disclosure: Tom holds positions in a variety of digital assets and cryptocurrencies, including Ethereum.”


Shivam Zaveri

Shivam Zaveri

Masters Student, Science and Technology Policy, Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University
Email: szaveri9043@gmail.com

Shivam Zaveri is currently in the Masters in Science and Technology Policy program at Arizona State University. As a native Tennessean, he achieved his Baccalaureate in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee. He strives to gain experience from different industrial environments. This has taken him to work in different regions of the United States and India. The range of experience includes service industries, startup enterprises, and luxury and essential products, manufacturers. Zaveri is interested in the workforces’ role in manufacturing environments, and how engineers can include the workforce when making continuous improvements. Zaveri’s hobbies include traveling and swing dancing. More …

Risk Innovation Entrepreneurs

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