#ElliottProud: Jordan M. Sotudeh

Jordan M. Sotudeh, M.A. International Science and Technology Policy, Class of 2015, #ElliottProud Alumnus

Jordan M. Sotudeh is a Deputy Program Manager and Senior Technical Lead with BryceTech, a consulting firm. He has worked at NASA JPL, NASA HQ, and DoD assisting executive offices with technology portfolio management, policy, and strategy. He holds an M.A. in International Science and Technology Policy from GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs and a triple major B.A. in International Relations, Anthropology, and French from New York University. He was able to smoothly enter the aerospace sector (where he once had zero contacts) thanks to the Elliott School’s focus as a professional degree and its extended network across DC. He manages teams and designs solutions for clients across sectors, though his team’s primary focus is NASA and the space sector.

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#IncomingElliott: Melynn Oliver

Melynn Oliver, M.A. Asian Studies, Class of 2023, #IncomingElliott Student

Melynn Oliver graduated Magna Cum Luade from Elon University with a BA in Political Science and International Relations, and a minor in Asian studies. In her junior year, she spent a semester traveling the Silk Road, and studying at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China. Back in DC, she interned at C-SPAN and worked at the Trader Joes to gain experience working and living downtown. She will be entering the Elliott School’s Asian Studies program with a regional focus on China, and a professional focus on Global Communications and Public Diplomacy. Melynn’s specific interests are studying the politics and culture of Xinjiang and Hong Kong, and their relationship to mainland China. She is also invested in US-China relations involving humanitarian and democratic development.

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#IncomingElliott: Thomas Sand Nielsen

Thomas Sand Nielsen, M.A. International Economic Policy, Class of 2023, #IncomingElliott Student

Thomas Sand Nielsen is an international student from Denmark. He just graduated from the University of South Alabama with a B.A. in Political Science in only three years, while he also ran track and cross country, and studied minors in economics and Spanish. Thomas will be a part of the International Economic Policy program at the Elliott School starting Fall 2021. Throughout his undergraduate years, Thomas learned to interpret and quantify data while working as a research assistant on a project that sought to analyze crime statistics and the role of media in South American countries. He is interested in acquiring an applicable set of skills that can help him better understand the economic aspect of international policy making. Thomas also has a background in international politics where he worked with youth organizations in Morocco and helped host a major conference in Rabat in a collaborative effort between Denmark and Morocco. Thomas loves traveling and meeting new people – and he also hopes to be able to practice his Spanish when gets to D.C.

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#IncomingElliott: Angelica Ortega

Angelica Ortega, Master of International Policy and Practice, Class of 2022, #IncomingElliott Student

Angelica Ortega is an incoming international student at the Elliott School of International Affairs, where she will be pursuing a Master’s degree in International Policy and Practice. Angelica has years of experience in facilitating the market entry and overseas expansion of foreign organizations to the Philippines. Prior to moving to DC for her graduate studies, Angelica worked for a Singapore government agency committed to helping enterprises innovate and internationalize. Based in the agency’s overseas center in Manila, Philippines, Angelica helped facilitate trade and investments between Singapore and the Philippines. She obtained her bachelor’s degree of Science in Commerce, majoring in Marketing Management from the De La Salle University, Manila. She is particularly interested in learning more about the impact of global affairs to regional cooperation and domestic economic development, specifically for countries in Southeast Asia. In her free time, Angelica enjoys learning new things, watching documentaries, reading books, and traveling.

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