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Dr. Susan K. Aros

Dr. Susan K. Aros is an Assistant Research Professor of Operations and Logistics in the Graduate School of Defense Management at the Naval Postgraduate School. Her current research interests include disaster response operations, humanitarian logistics, and peace operations, with previous work in production management. She utilizes simulation (discrete-event and agent-based) and optimization modeling methodologies. She holds a Ph.D. in Information, Risk and Operations Management, an M.Eng. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, an M.A. in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, and a B.A. in Psychology.

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Dr. Anne Marie Baylouny

Dr. Anne Marie Baylouny is Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School, specializing in Middle East politics, grassroots organizing, and the dynamics of crowds. She currently heads the Crowd Dynamics Modeling Group at NPS developing a theory-backed model for interactions between diverse types of crowds and security forces. Baylouny is also an associated scholar with the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Stanford University.

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Dr. Deborah Gibbons

Deborah Gibbons works on practical and theoretical questions pertaining to people’s ability to work together successfully. As an associate professor at the Naval Postgraduate School, she teaches team-building, negotiation, organizational analysis, and a variety of managerial topics, as well as short courses that help security cooperation personnel increase their cross-cultural effectiveness.

Mary McDonald​

Mary McDonald is a Faculty Associate for Research in the Simulation Experiments and Efficient Designs (SEED) Center for Data Farming, within the Operations Research department. She supports a wide range of applied projects whose overall goal is to advance the collaborative development and use of simulation experiments and efficient designs, in order to provide decision makers with timely insights on complex systems and operations. 

Steve Upton

Stephen Upton is a research associate for the SEED Center for Data Farming at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). He has a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Idaho, a Master of Science in Operations Research and a Master of Science in Physics from the Naval Postgraduate School, and an Applied Scientist in Systems Engineering from the George Washington University.

Dr. Susan Sanchez

Susan M. Sanchez is a Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California. Her home is the Operations Research Department, where she has served terms as Associate Chair for Instruction and Associate Chair for Research. She also has a joint appointment in the Graduate School of Business & Public Policy, and an affiliation with the MOVES Institute. Dr. Sanchez teaches courses in simulation analysis and statistics, and has served on thesis committees for over 50 students on a variety of topics in defense and homeland security.

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Dr. Anshu Chatterjee​

Dr. Anshu N. Chatterjee specializes in comparative politics and security in South Asia. She has published on a variety of topics associated with developments in the region that include civil military relations, electoral victory of the Bhartiya Janata Party, and social movements. Her current research examines the development of protest and crowd responses in relation to identity politics and state-society relations in South Asia and other comparative settings.

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Terry Norbraten

Terry’s Naval career began in July of 1981 where he enlisted and served in various Naval Aviation billets as a Naval Aircrewman and Avionics Technician. He earned an A.S. in Digital Technology in 1993 from San Diego City College and was subsequently selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program. In 1994 he graduated with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Norfolk State University and also commissioned an Ensign in the Regular Navy and served as a Surface Warfare Officer.

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Dr. Mollie McGuire​

Dr. Mollie McGuire is an Assistant Professor in the Information Sciences department of NPS's Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences. She holds a doctorate in cognitive psychology from Claremont Graduate University.

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Chris Ketponglard is a Faculty Associate for Research in the Department of National Security Affairs of NPS' Graduate School of International and Defense Studies. Prior to joining NPS, he worked as a contractor with the Institute for Security Governance, part of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, supporting education, security cooperation, and security assistance efforts with U.S. allies and partners. Chris holds an M.A. in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies.

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Dr. Steven Hall (Ret.)

Steven earned his Ph.D. attending the various campuses of the University of California. His early studies were of the influences of cognitive processes on individual and social behavior. He spent some significant time investigating how the rules/norms of cooperative conversation come to be shared within a social identity.