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Mike Hepler


Doctor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with unique expertise combining technical depth, policy engagement, and science communication. Demonstrated range of innovative research and project management at the intersection of emerging technology and security policy. Leads and engages technical and policy experts as well as public audiences. Recognized for organizational leadership and interpersonal communication.


Key Skills


Technical Project Management: 

  • Leads interdisciplinary teams through the lifecycle of complex technical projects, from design, analysis, regulatory approval, to operationalization

Fundamental Technical Research:  

  • Develops and delivers novel technical solutions tailored to address sensitive and complex social and political challenges

Science for Sustainable Development:

  • Serial community organizer and science communicator, employing meaningful interpersonal communication and management skills to foster cooperative, interdisciplinary teams and build sustainable coalitions for social and environmental engagement

Academic Work and Education

2013 - 2020 Princeton University, Princeton, NJ


  • PhD Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering: Applied Physics 2020

  • ​Program on Science and Global Security, PhD Student 2016 – 2020

  • Consortium for Verification Technology, Graduate Fellow 2016 – 2020

  • MA: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Applied Physics 2015

  • Electric Propulsion and Plasma Dynamics Laboratory, PhD Student 2013 – 2016


2008-2013   University of Minnesota (UMN), Minneapolis, MN

  • BS: Physics

  • BS: Astrophysics 

  • Minor: French Language



  • English     Native

  • French      Fluent;

    • Minor in French language (UMN)

  • German    TELC A2



  • Certificate of Technical Project Management: Prince2 Foundation Certification Training

  • Certificate of Machine Learning: Coursera by Stanford University

  • Certificate of Policy and Technical Fundamentals of International Nuclear Safeguards, Texas A and M University

  • Certificate, Introduction to MCNP: neutronic simulation software scripting fundamentals

Coding Languages

  • Python, C++, MCNP, Matlab, LabVIEW

  • Solidworks, Solid Edge, CREO

I am an expert with a range of technical, security, and community organizing insights.  Let's begin a conversation to find how I can advance your goals.


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