As the Clean Energy Fellow at Third Way, Samuel is responsible for researching and analyzing the best information available on a wide range of topics but with a concentration on a year-long project near and dear to his heart: nuclear energy policy. From advanced nuclear reactor guides for Congress to education on nuclear waste storage options, Sam is bringing a fresh perspective on licensing, investment strategies, and policy improvements in the field of atomic energy and waste management. Sam also serves as a consultant to the Bipartisan Policy Center on nuclear waste communication and recently completed a Fellowship with the Breakthrough Institute and Clean Air Task Force on a compendium of nuclear waste management options in an easy-to-read primer. Sam graduated from MIT with graduate degrees in nuclear engineering and technology policy.
Whether Sam is walking the halls of Congress to help educate the Hill on the differences in nuclear reactors or belting out a favorite tune with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington D.C., it is hard to miss the bright red mohawk haircut. The signature hairstyle started as a dare in graduate school and continues to turn heads. You might not expect a nuclear scientist from Kansas to have a bright red mohawk but that is part of the reason Sam has it. Having a chat on preconceptions is right up his alley. Whether that’s on technical topics or in Sam’s extraordinary efforts on social issues like supporting LGBT survivors of conversion therapy, Samuel is always willing to have the tough conversations with an open mind. Just as nuclear energy is sometimes misunderstood, so is the sexual minority community and as a proud kinky and gender-bending person, Sam seeks to bridge these gaps in understanding our culture is facing.