MWI Adjunct Scholar, 2016–17

Dr. Margaret E. Kosal is Associate Professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Institute of Technology and Director of the Sam Nunn Security Program (SNSP). Her research explores the relationships among technology, strategy, and governance. She focuses on two, often intersecting, areas:  reducing the threat of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and understanding the geopolitics of emerging technologies. She is the author of Nanotechnology for Chemical and Biological Defense, which explores scenarios, benefits, and potential proliferation threats of nanotechnology and other emerging sciences. Formally trained as an experimental scientist, Kosal earned a doctoral degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) working on biomimetic and nano-structured materials. She is also the co-founder of a sensor company, where she led research on medical, biological, chemical, and explosive detection. Kosal previously has served as part of the inaugural Chief of Staff of the US Army Strategic Studies Group (CSA SSG), as Science and Technology Advisor within the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), and as an Associate to the National Intelligence Council (NIC).