Steve Sin

Director, Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT)

Subject Matter Expert Instructor, National Center for Security & Preparedness
University of Maryland
(301) 405-6656

Dr. Steve S. Sin is the Director of the Unconventional Weapons and Technology Division (UWT) of START, where he manages large research projects, explores new avenues for research, and establishes collaborative research relationships. Dr. Sin specializes in a broad range of international security, terrorism, and homeland security challenges. His expertise includes radiological and nuclear (RN) terrorism; illicit trafficking of RN materials; terrorist use of cyber domain; emerging technology; emergency preparedness and management; intelligence/counterintelligence operations, analysis, and exploitation; Northeast Asia regional security; and counter-terrorism training, exercise, and curriculum development. His expertise in Northeast Asia regional security is focused on North Korea, including its nuclear program; cyber capabilities; intelligence apparatus; regime survival; and leadership. His additional regional expertise includes South Korean nuclear program and infrastructure; North-South Korea relations; and Korea-Japan-China trilateral relations.

Prior to joining START, Dr. Sin was the Senior Research Associate and Section Chief at the National Center for Security & Preparedness (NCSP), a strategic partner with the New York State Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services (DHSES), headquartered at the State University of New York at Albany (University at Albany). At the NCSP, Dr. Sin directed the organization’s Policy, Intelligence, Exercises, and Simulations section responsible for Homeland Security and Terrorism Research Program; led the development, coordination, and delivery of multiple counter-terrorism and emergency response training and exercise programs; and provided direct policy support to New York state homeland security leadership.

Dr. Sin’s extensive experience also includes a career as a U.S. Army Officer specializing in counterintelligence, counter-terrorism, and political-military affairs in the Asia-Pacific Theater of Operations.



Summer/Winter Courses – START offers fully online summer and winter courses each year, which are open to any current degree seeking student or non-degree seeking individual.

Global Terrorism Studies Minor – This University of Maryland undergraduate program is designed to train the next generation of terrorism analysts, including students who plan to pursue graduate study related to terrorism as well as employment in the federal, state, local, non-profit, and/or private sectors.

Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis – This online graduate program provides participants with advanced education on the causes, dynamics and impacts of international and domestic terrorism.


  • Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, State University of New York at Albany, Ph.D., Political Science, December 2017
  • Defense Language Institute, Japanese, May 2005
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., Government, May 1995
  • President’s Award for Leadership in Academic Leadership, University at Albany (SUNY) 2014
  • University Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Instructor, University at Albany (SUNY) 2013
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany (SUNY) 2013
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany (SUNY) 2012
  • Provost Award, Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA 2005
Professional Experience:
  • Director, Unconventional Weapons & Technology Division, 2018 – Present
  • Adjunct Instructor, College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, University at Albany (SUNY), 2017 – Present
  • Lecturer, Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice, University of Maryland, 2016 – Present
  • Subject Matter Expert Instructor, National Center for Security & Preparedness (NCSP), University at Albany (SUNY), 2011 – Present
  • Adjunct Professor, Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, The City College of New York, 2015
  • Senior Researcher, START, 2014 – 2018
  • Adjunct Professor, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany (SUNY), 2013 – 2016
  • Senior Research Associate, NCSP, 2013 – 2014
  • Research Associate, NCSP, 2011 – ​2013
  • Military Intelligence Officer, U.S. Army, 1999 – 2010
  • Forward Area Air Defense Artillery Officer, U.S. Army, 1995 – 1999

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