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Marc Fialkoff

Ph.D. in Planning Governance and Globalization (2017)

Marc Fialkoff is a nuclear security research associate with the Transportation Security Group in the National Security Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee. Marc’s research focuses on the intersection of transportation planning and the law or secure transport of nuclear and radioactive materials. In 2019, Marc served as a consultant to the International Atomic Energy Agency on the effort to support member states in developing regulatory infrastructure for nuclear security. Working with international experts, Marc  led development of a methodology for crafting transport security regulations.

Marc graduated from Virginia Tech in 2017 with his doctorate in Planning, Governance, and Globalization (UEDP Track). His dissertation focused on evaluating the Jones Act waiver process and how relaxing the Jones Act would increase the number of trucks and trains on different parts of the transportation network in the aftermath of a disaster. This research was supported by a collaboration between the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) and the Critical Infrastructure Team at ORNL to study the relationship between law, transportation systems, and network analysis. Within days of his dissertation defense, Marc was interviewed by The Atlantic as part of the national debate on whether to waive the Jones Act to support recovery efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. During his time at Virginia Tech, Marc was also an instructor and adjunct professor, teaching courses on public policy implementation, environmental law, and an elective course on nuclear waste planning.

Prior to his doctoral work, Marc earned a law degree from the Roger Williams University School of Law. He earned a master’s degree in transport planning while a Fulbright scholar to the Institute of Transport Studies at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.