Undraa Agvaanluvsan is a native of Mongolia. She
is currently a visiting professor at CISAC. Undraa received her bachelor's
(1994) and master's (1995) degrees in physics from the National University of
Mongolia, and a diploma in high energy physics at the International Centre for
Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy in 1997. Undraa obtained her PhD in 2002
at North Carolina State University
in Raleigh, North Carolina, studying nuclear reactions
and quantum chaos in nuclei. Following completion of her doctorate, she
conducted postdoctoral research work in the Nuclear Experimental Physics group
at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She published and co-authored
several dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals.
In the past several years, Undraa's research interests have broadened
to include policy studies. In the policy arena, she served as an adviser to Mongolia's
Minister of Foreign Affairs. As an advocate of scientific education, Undraa
serves as director of the Mongolian-American (MonAme) Scientific
which focuses on energy, the environment, and mineral processing technologies.
Her research interests at CISAC focus on nuclear energy
studies. More specifically, Undraa is studying uranium mining and processing,
front-end issues of the nuclear fuel-cycle, nuclear fuel supplies, and nuclear
energy policy. Using her prior experience with scientific research in quantum
chaos, she is working with her CISAC colleague Kate Marvel to study the
resiliency of the electricity grid network when stressed with the addition of
more power sources, including nuclear power generation.
At Stanford, Undraa has directed undergraduate research
through the Bing Overseas Studies Program. She also teaches nuclear energy
policy in the International Policy Studies program.