Cambridge, MA – Former Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter will join the Harvard Kennedy School as the Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. As Secretary of Defense, Carter, a physicist, became known for pushing the Pentagon to “think outside its five-sided box” in order to transform the way the military fought adversaries and strengthened alliances, managed its budget and talent, developed its technology, and more. He will now lead the Belfer Center’s programs and will focus his scholarship on the role of innovation and technology in addressing challenges at home and around the world.
Behnam Taebi is an associate professor of philosophy at Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) and a Project on Managing the Atom associate with the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
His research interests are in energy ethics, nuclear ethics, and responsible innovation. He studied Material Science and Engineering (2006) and received his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Technology (2010). Taebi is currently working on a project on the ethics and governance of multinational nuclear waste repositories (with a personal grant awarded by the Dutch Research Council). He is the coordinating editor of a volume on The Ethics of Nuclear Energy (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and a special issue of Journal of Risk Research (2015) on "Socio-Technical Challenges of Nuclear Power Production" and is currently writing a monograph on Ethics and Engineering (under contract with Cambridge University Press). Taebi is a member (2016–2021) of The Young Academy, part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm