Roger Levien’s donations to the YSSP Fund are a sign of unwavering trust and support of the YSSP, which he created back in the summer of 1977, inspired by a similar program at the RAND Corporation, in which he was the first participant. With his repeated gifts, he is hoping to bring the two organizations together so that they benefit from each other’s expertise and networks.
Over the past 40 years, the YSSP has helped launch the careers of many young scientists, who leave IIASA uniquely equipped for the challenges of global change research. In the 2002 issue of Options, entirely devoted to the YSSP, Roger wrote:
My original objective of developing a new cadre of systems analysts had been well served. But I came to realize that perhaps the most important function of the YSSP was to bring together scientists from many countries enabling them to build bridges across political boundaries at the start of their careers (…). I hope and expect that the paths across those bridges have been well trodden (…) since the first graduate students spent the summer at IIASA.
Roger Levien, center top, with the first YSSPers (right side) and their advisors.
Roger is the president of the US-based Friends of IIASA, which can receive tax-deductible contributions from U.S. taxpayers who wish to support education and research activities at IIASA.
He is also the Deputy Chairman of the IIASA Fund Board of Trustees.
The recipients of the 2018 Roger Levien YSSP Fellowship are Sara Turner and John Luke Irwin from Rand. Read about their research plans for the coming summer at IIASA.
The recipient of the 2017 Roger Levien Fellowship was Parul Tewari from India. As a Science Communication Fellow, she used her excellent writing skills to facilitate wider dissemination of the YSSP research.
The recipient of the 2015 Roger Levien Fellowship was Zhimin Mao from China.
Working with her supervisors from the Mitigation of Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases program (MAG), Zhimin aimed to assess potential costs and benefits of the proposed action plan in China’s Pearl River Delta region that aims to control the negative environmental and health impacts of air pollution.
In recognition of her outstanding work, Zhimin was awarded the Peccei Award which enabled her to come back to IIASA for additional three months of research. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Last edited: 24 April 2018
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