Dr. Alexander Sich | Franciscan University of Steubenville
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    Dr. Alexander Sich

    Professor of Physics

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    • B.S. (Major: Nuclear Engineering Minor: Physics) - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, School of Engineering, Troy, NY
    • M.A. (Aristotelian-Thomistic Philosophy of Nature) - Holy Apostles College & Seminary, Department of Philosophy, Cromwell, CT
    • Ph.D. (Nuclear Engineering) - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Cambridge, MA
    • M.A. (Soviet Studies) Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, MA

    Professional Experience

    • Senior Specialist – Science & Technology Center in Ukraine: Kyiv, Ukraine
    • Project Manager for Operations Support and Safety – Project Management Unit for the Chornobyl Shelter Implementation Plan
    • Head of Representative Office and Ukraine Program Coordinator - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - U.S. Department of Energy International Nuclear Safety Program
    • Associate Banker – Nuclear Safety Account administered by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development: London, UK
    • Technical Consultant – Los Alamos Technical Associates: West Newbury, MA

    Awards, Certifications, Memberships

    • Fulbright Scholars Program, Teaching and Research Grant for 2014-15 academic year at the Ukrainian Catholic University in L'viv, Ukraine.
    • Four Outstanding Performance Awards – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    • Fellow: Institute for the Study of Nature
    • Certified Member: Institute for Advanced Physics
    • Alpha Nu Sigma (ΑΝΣ) Nuclear Science & Engineering Honor Society; American Nuclear Society
    • Igor Vasilievich Kurchatov Medal – Awarded by the Directorship of the Kurchatov Russian Research Center to Young Foreign Scientists for Distinguished Research in the Field of Nuclear Science
    • L. David Walthousen Award: Outstanding Academic Achievement and Career Promise (at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
    • GE Radiation Safety Fellowship
    • Extensive and prolonged travel and residency throughout the former Soviet Union: Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan; also traveled extensively in western Europe, Egypt, Turkey.

    Language Fluency

    • English (native fluent)
    • Ukrainian (near-native fluent: U.S. State Department 4/4/4+ Rating)
    • Russian (near fluent)

    Select Publications & Accomplishments

    The Present Nuclear Threat in Iran

    Dr. Alexander Sich - "The Present Nuclear Threat in Iran", Newsday, 16 March 2012

    “The Pedigree of the Intelligent Design Movement: A Confluence of Theological and Philosophical Errors”

    “The Pedigree of the Intelligent Design Movement: A Confluence of Theological and Philosophical Errors,” Presented 12 November 2010 at Franciscan University of Steubenville’s M.A. Philosophy Program’s lecture series on Science and Philosophy

    “How the West Was Not One”

    “How the West Was Not One: The Rise and Fragmentation of the Natural Sciences,” presented 31 July 2008 at the 208 Intercollegiate Studies Institute Honors Program Summer Conference Civilization and Civilizations: The West in Context for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in Quebec, Canada, 27 July - 03 August 2008.

    “Recovering Nature’s Natures”

    “Recovering Nature’s Natures: Why a Realist Philosophy of Nature Must Animate the Natural Sciences to Provide a Unified Understanding and Appreciation of God’s Creation,” Presented 28 June 2008 at the summer 2008 National Faculty Leadership Conference “The Heart of the University” in Washington, D.C., 27-29 July 2008.

    Peer Reviewed

    “The Independence and Proper Roles of Engineering and Metaphysics in Support of an Integrated Understandin...”

    Alexander R. Sich, “The Independence and Proper Roles of Engineering and Metaphysics in Support of an Integrated Understanding of God’s Creation,”Engineering and the Ultimate: Proceedings of the 2012 Conference on Engineering and Metaphysics, 15-16 June 2012, Jonathan Bartlett & Dominic Halsmer, eds., (Broken Arrow, OK: Blythe Institute Press, April 2013). (Visit the conference website.

    Chernobyl and the Power of Myth

    Dr. Alexander Sich - "Chernobyl and the Power of Myth, (A reappraisal of the official Soviet account of the accident is long over due), Wall Street Journal – European Edition op-ed, 20 April 2011

    “Truth Was an Early Casualty”

    “Truth Was an Early Casualty,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Vol. 52, No. 3 (May-June 1996): 32-42.

    “The Chernobyl Active Phase”

    “The Chernobyl Active Phase: Why the ‘Official View’ is Wrong,” Nuclear Engineering International, Vol. 41, No. 501 (April 1996): 22-25.


    St. John Paul II and the Future of Ukraine

    “St. John Paul II and the Future of Ukraine,”Crisis Magazine, (May 12, 2014)

    With Ukrainian Politicians Considering Proliferation...

    “With Ukrainian Politicians Considering Proliferation, Blame the Weak West”National Review Online, 21 March 2014.

    Ukraine Needs NATO, Not Nukes

    "Ukraine Needs NATO, Not Nukes", National Review Online, 21 March 2014.

    The Ukrainian Struggle: Freedom with Dignity...

    The Ukrainian Struggle: Freedom with Dignity Over Corruption and Power", Crisis Magazine, 24 February 2014.

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