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Njema Frazier

Njema Frazier

Dr. Njema Frazier is a nuclear physicist in the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). She has been a federal employee with the NNSA for over 10 years and is currently a visiting professor at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

During her time with NNSA, Dr. Frazier has served as a senior scientist in three of the largest Science-Based Stockpile Stewardship programs responsible for maintaining a credible national nuclear deterrent without nuclear testing.

Prior to joining NNSA, she spent four years as a professional staff member for the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Science.  There she assisted and advised committee members on various policy, budget, and technical matters within the jurisdiction of the committee. 

Dr. Frazier also runs her own consulting company: Diversity Science.  Diversity Science connects subject matter experts, or SMEs, with those in the public and private sector who are interested in gaining access to a diverse pool of scientific and technical professionals.  Diversity Science has as its mission to bridge the gap between today’s top science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) talent and the companies, agencies, educational institutions, and community-based organizations that can benefit from engaging them in STEM programming.

Frazier received her Ph.D. in theoretical nuclear physics from Michigan State University in 1997, conducting her doctoral research at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Lab where her work focused on “Properties of Shell-Model Wavefunctions at High Excitation Energies.” She did her undergraduate work at Carnegie Mellon University, where she obtained a bachelor's degree in physics. 

In addition to her academic and professional accomplishments, she remains dedicated to education, outreach and diversity efforts; regularly speaking to K-12 students and participating in community-based science events.  These include the USA Science and Engineering Fair, Department of Energy National Science Bowl, National Lab Day, the Engineering Club at King Elementary in Southeast, Washington, D.C., the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and the Coalition of Hispanic, African and Native Americans for the Next Generation of Engineers and Scientists (CHANGES). 

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Nuclear Energy: Trying to Get it Right

  • Published in Energy

“If men can develop weapons that are so terrifying as to make the thought of global war include almost a sentence for suicide, you would think that man's intelligence and his comprehension... would include also his ability to find a peaceful solution.” – President Dwight D. Eisenhower, November 14, 1956

Greetings readers,

60 years after Atoms for Peace, we’re still trying to get it right.

On December 8, 1953, President Eisenhower, went before the General Assembly of the United Nations to discuss Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy.  He laid out his vision for the peaceful use of nuclear energy.  This vision included the International Atomic Energy Agency and the pursuit of “methods whereby this fissionable material would be allocated to serve the peaceful pursuits of mankind.” (Found this as I was confirming numbers on global nuclear energy use - IAEA Feature on Atoms for Peace - so suffice to say, my illusions of originality on that score are shattered and I will leave it to the Feature referenced above to provide further details).

Fast forward 60 years.

Welcome to Open Energy!

  • Published in Energy

“We can’t have an energy strategy for the last century that traps us in the past. We need an energy strategy for the future – an all-of-the-above strategy for the 21st century that develops every source of American-made energy.” - President Barack Obama, March 15, 2012

Greetings readers,

I’d like to begin by thanking Open Government Television for welcoming me to the team!

This blog will be dedicated to current energy issues, information, policies, and initiatives, and I’m excited to engage in discussions that cover the waterfront on today’s energy topics.

So why energy? Because it’s interesting?  Maybe.  Because it’s important?  Sure.  How about, because it’s rapidly becoming one of the issues that we as Americans, consumers, and humans can’t afford NOT to know about.  Don’t believe me?  Check your winter heating bill.  Or gas prices.  Or real estate purchases.  Automotive sales.  Environmental standards.  The stock market.  GDP.  Sites of global and regional conflict. And I could go on.

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