Sounds like the makings of a great summer blockbuster movie. But these issues were Emily Baldwin’s reality last summer.
Using her New Global Security Fellowship award, the sophomore worked part-time in a mentorship program that she designed, combining her interest in both computer science and international relations. She assisted staff at Sandia National Laboratories in the International Safeguards and Technology Systems Department on a variety of different projects in support of Sandia’s global security mission.
Sandia develops science-based technologies aimed at national and global security, with a focus on information systems related to international arms control, nuclear nonproliferation, and counterterrorism.
“The majority of my work explored cryptography and its application in an international and political realm,” she said. “Each of the various projects was incredibly interesting.”
One of her main jobs was helping to configure a Virtual Private Network (VPN) test scenario with contacts at Comissão Nacional de Energia Nuclear, Brazil’s national nuclear authority. The work was in preparation for future use in setting up a shared VPN surveillance system between Brazil and Argentina to transmit public health information. She also was involved with a committee of the Nonproliferation and Cooperative Threat Reduction Center, surveying departmental websites as part of cyber security analysis.