Benjamin L. Schmitt

Benjamin L. Schmitt

Research Associate and Project Development Scientist, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Benjamin L. Schmitt, MA, PhD, is a Research Associate and Project Development Scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.  At Harvard, Schmitt's work supports the next-generation experimental cosmology telescopes aimed at imaging the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) radiation from the South Pole.  He is a recipient of the U.S. Antarctica Service Medal, an associate of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard, and a member of the Harvard Faculty Club.

Schmitt is the co-founder of the Space Diplomacy Lab at the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies (DUCIGS) and a fellow of the “Rethinking Diplomacy” program. As a Senior Fellow for Democratic Resilience at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), he focuses on Transatlantic energy and national security analysis, as well as emerging space security challenges to the Transatlantic community.

Previously, Schmitt served as European Energy Security Advisor at the U.S. Department of State where he advanced diplomatic engagement vital to the energy and national security interests of the Transatlantic community, with a focus on supporting the resilience of NATO’s Eastern Flank and Ukraine in the face of Russian malign energy activities.  While at the State Department, Schmitt also served as the 2015 IEEE Department of State Science and Technology Policy fellow.

In addition to co-authoring an array of peer-reviewed scientific publications on experimental physics topics, Schmitt has published Transatlantic national security analysis with publications such as Foreign Policy, The Daily Beast, Newsweek, The Hill, Atlantic Council, Harvard International Review, the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, Jamestown Foundation, and the Center for European Policy Analysis. Schmitt regularly provides expert transatlantic security policy commentary for print, radio, and television media.

Schmitt has received the Amicus Poloniae Award, a recognition by the Government of the Republic of Poland for outstanding efforts to promote the development of cooperation between the Republic of Poland and the United States of America, as well as both the Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards from the U.S. Department of State. He has been recognized by The Kyiv Post as "Ukraine's Friend of the Week."

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