Dr. Alexander Sich | Franciscan University of Steubenville
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    Dr. Alexander Sich

    Professor of Physics

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    • B.S. (Major: Nuclear Engineering Minor: Physics) - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, School of Engineering, Troy, NY
    • M.A. (Aristotelian-Thomistic Philosophy of Nature) - Holy Apostles College & Seminary, Department of Philosophy, Cromwell, CT
    • Ph.D. (Nuclear Engineering) - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Cambridge, MA
    • M.A. (Soviet Studies) Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, MA

    Professional Experience

    • Senior Specialist – Science & Technology Center in Ukraine: Kyiv, Ukraine
    • Project Manager for Operations Support and Safety – Project Management Unit for the Chornobyl Shelter Implementation Plan
    • Head of Representative Office and Ukraine Program Coordinator - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - U.S. Department of Energy International Nuclear Safety Program
    • Associate Banker – Nuclear Safety Account administered by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development: London, UK
    • Technical Consultant – Los Alamos Technical Associates: West Newbury, MA

    Awards, Certifications, Memberships

    • Fulbright Scholars Program, Teaching and Research Grant for 2014-15 academic year at the Ukrainian Catholic University in L'viv, Ukraine.
    • Four Outstanding Performance Awards – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    • Fellow: Institute for the Study of Nature
    • Certified Member: Institute for Advanced Physics
    • Alpha Nu Sigma (ΑΝΣ) Nuclear Science & Engineering Honor Society; American Nuclear Society
    • Igor Vasilievich Kurchatov Medal – Awarded by the Directorship of the Kurchatov Russian Research Center to Young Foreign Scientists for Distinguished Research in the Field of Nuclear Science
    • L. David Walthousen Award: Outstanding Academic Achievement and Career Promise (at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
    • GE Radiation Safety Fellowship
    • Extensive and prolonged travel and residency throughout the former Soviet Union: Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan; also traveled extensively in western Europe, Egypt, Turkey.

    Language Fluency

    • English (native fluent)
    • Ukrainian (near-native fluent: U.S. State Department 4/4/4+ Rating)
    • Russian (near fluent)

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    Select Publications & Accomplishments

    “The Vatican Response to Secularization and Conflict in Ukraine,” Crisis Magazine. 31 March 2016

    “Patriotism, Secularism, and Eastern-Rite Identity in Ukraine,” Crisis Magazine,12 February 2016

    “Ukrainians React to Papal Calls for ‘Decentralization’,” Crisis Magazine

    “A Debate Over the Religious Identity of Ukrainian Catholic University,” Crisis Magazine,12 October 2015

    “Secularism at the Ukrainian Catholic University,” Crisis Magazine,September 23, 2015

    “Ukraine Between the Maidan and Western Europe,” The Catholic World Report, 02 August 2015.

    “Russia’s Campaign Against Ukraine: Deception, Economic Extortion, and Violence,” The Catholic World Report, 20 July 2015.

    [In Ukrainian] “Recovering Nature’s Natures: Why a Realist Philosophy of Nature Must Interpret the Findings of the Natural Sciences,” Religious Faith and the Fundamental Sciences in the Age of Globalization, 17th International Academic Conference for Students and Young Scientists, Ukrainian Catholic University – Institute of Religion and Society, 20 March 2015.

    [In Ukrainian] “Is There Liturgical Intellectual Development at a Catholic University?” The Christian and the World, 13 March 2015.

    “With Ukrainian Politicians Considering Proliferation, Blame the Weak West,” National Review Online, 21 March 2014.

    “Ukraine Needs NATO, Not Nukes,” National Review Online, 21 March 2014.

    [In Ukrainian] “Horizons of Science” interdisciplinary and international seminar series, sponsored jointly by Institute for Condensed Matter Physics and the Ukrainian Catholic University in L’viv, Ukraine. Title of presentation: “Back to the Future: The Wisdom of a Realist Philosophy of Nature and the Sophistry of Scientism,” 10-14 March 2014.

    “The Independence and Proper Roles of Engineering and Metaphysics in Support of an Integrated Understanding of God’s Creation” (Chapter 3), Jonathan Bartlett, Dominic Halsmer, Mark Hall, eds., Engineering and the Ultimate: An Interdisciplinary Investigation of Order and Design in Nature and Craft, (Broken Arrow, OK: Blythe Institute Press, December 2013).

    “The Real Nuclear Threat: Safety of Iran’s Russian-Built Bushehr Power Plant is Cause for Great Concern”, Newsday (opinion piece), 18 March 2012.

    “How Iran Risks Another Chernobyl,” The Diplomat, 14 March 2012.

    “Likening Japan to Chernobyl is Reckless,” Newsday (opinion piece), 24 April 2011.

    “Chernobyl and the Power of Myth” (A reappraisal of the official Soviet account of the accident is long overdue), The Wall Street Journal Europe, (opinion piece), 20 April 2011.

    “How Bad is [the] Fukushima Crisis?” The Diplomat, 12 April 2011.

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