Pete Heine

Pete Heine, Director, Strategic Security Center Global Security Sciences Argonne National Laboratory

Director, Center for Strategic Security

Global Security Sciences
Argonne National Laboratory

Peter Heine leads the Center for Strategic Security, which helps identify, plan, and implement solutions to forestall long-term security threats, especially those related to proliferation of strategic weapons or exploitation of critical vulnerabilities. He is also seconded to the World Customs Organization as a Strategic Trade Control Enforcement National Expert. His personal focus is on realizing effective implementation of nonproliferation policies, especially strategic dual-use trade control. He has led technical partnerships with numerous countries, mostly in Europe, and international organizations.

Pete’s professional experience includes over 20 years working at Argonne on export control and other nonproliferation projects. He started his professional career serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy’s nuclear propulsion program and also worked for a management consulting firm specializing in the strategic application of technology. Peter Heine received his B.S. in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University and his MBA from The University of Chicago.

Judith A. G. Chiarelli

Judith A. G. Chiarelli, Deputy Director, Strategic Security Center Global Security Sciences Argonne National Laboratory

Deputy Director, Center for Strategic Security

Global Security Sciences
Argonne National Laboratory

Judith A. G. Chiarelli has over thirty years of experience in the national security field, first as a federal employee and for the past twenty-six years as a political scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. Chiarelli has developed national security programs in the Industrial Security and Security Policy areas, specializing in the management of information system development, operation, and maintenance for security operations. Judith also manages programs in the areas of radiological detection and emergency response. Her project portfolio includes support for sponsors from DOE, NNSA, DOD, DHS and other federal agencies. Judith Chiarelli is a Certified DOE IT Project Manager, holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science/International Relations from Northeastern University in Boston and a Master of Divinity degree from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

Kirsten Laurin-Kovitz

Kirsten F. Laurin-Kovitz, PhD Group Leader, Center for Strategic Security Global Security Sciences Division Argonne National Laboratory

Group Leader, Center for Strategic Security

Global Security Sciences
Argonne National Laboratory

Dr. Kirsten Laurin-Kovitz has more than 20 years of experience in nuclear reactor analysis, nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear material safeguards. Her experience ranges from developing computational methods for reactor analysis and design to performing technical review of proliferation sensitive commodity and technology transfers to supporting nonproliferation program implementation in Ukraine, the Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia), and South America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru).

Currently, Kirsten leads the Nonproliferation Policy Support Group within the Center for Strategic Security of the Global Security Sciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory, managing a team which combines expertise in science and engineering with specialized knowledge of nonproliferation policies and international affairs to provide technical advisory services and conduct outreach for policy implementation such as training to export control enforcement personnel on strategic WMD-related commodities and to nuclear authorities on implementation of the additional protocol.

In addition to her technical work, Kirsten actively supports diversity and inclusion efforts primarily through Argonne’s Women in Science and Technology Program (WIST) which provides leadership and resources to promote the success of women in scientific and technical positions at Argonne. She twice served as the WIST Program Initiator. As WIST PI, Kirsten chaired Argonne’s annual Science Careers in Search of Women Conference for high school girls. Kirsten was also co-founder of Argonne’s Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day for middle school girls and co-founder of the professional development series: Survival Skills for Successful Women in Science, Engineering and Technology.

Dr. Laurin-Kovitz received her B.S. in General Engineering from the University of Illinois and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University. She participated in the second cohort of the Strategic Laboratory Leadership Program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. In 2013, she received the American Nuclear Society Mary Jane Oestmann Professional Women’s Achievement Award. Recently, Kirsten was selected for the current cohort of DOE’s Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program.