Student Security Group
Sharadyn Ciota [President]
Ms. Sharadyn is currently a senior with a double major in Political Science and Russian and Eastern European Studies, with a certificate in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS).
Her interests heavily focus on security issues facing the former Soviet bloc. She has been conducting research about Russia’s arctic security strategies, both in response to Canada and the United States’ increased arctic presence as well as the economic and demographic implications Putin’s choices have on the region.
She wishes to branch out into studying the Caucus regions. Other than defense strategies to security, Sharadyn is interested on how developed healthcare and food systems can impact security both on a domestic and international scale.
Autumn Langdon [Vice President]
Ms. Langdon has lived all over the United States before settling herself into college at the University of Illinois. Being the daughter of a veteran soldier, she has lived everywhere from San Antonio, Texas – her hometown and birthplace – to Washington and Michigan.
Ms. Langdon is currently a junior, pursuing a double major in Political Science and Psychology, with a concentration in international security and relations. She hopes to better her understanding of international relations and policy creation through her network at the SSG. Her primary role as Vice President of the SSG is to aid the President in ensuring the smooth running of the group, while thinking of fresh and innovative ways to recruit new members for years to come. This includes building an interest among students whose majors stem from backgrounds other than that of Political Science, Global Studies and the likes. Apart from her recruitment efforts, Ms. Langdon oversees alumni communications, ensuring ACDIS’ relationship with them is continuous and strong.
Ms. Langdon has quickly moved up in the ranks due to her enthusiasm and passion for what she does. She believes that the SSG has helped her grow both personally and academically; it has brought her closer to like-minded students that are equally passionate about security studies, and given her the opportunity to network with distinguished academia in various related fields. In addition, she has been given the opportunity to conduct extensive research under said academia which has contributed significantly to her career goals.
Amy Radlinski [Treasurer]
Ms. Amy is a senior majoring in Political Science, minoring in French and Global Studies and has successfully completed the ACDIS Certificate in Global Security. She has always moved around a lot, so far having lived in The Netherlands, China, and France, as well as the United States.
It is this constant expatriation that has developed her strong interest in international relations and global security. Ms. Amy spent the summer of 2015 working for the Illinois State Comptroller as a Public Affairs interns. She also be worked as an intern with the Global Europe Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholar in Washington DC for the summer of 2016. In the fall of 2015, Amy studied in Paris on a language program to increase her proficiency in French.
As Secretary/Treasurer, it is her job to manage the budget and keep track of administrative needs of the club. She looks forward to doing so in order to make sure everyone has a great year in the SSG!
Nicholas Dadufalza [VP of Development]
Nicholas Dadufalza is a Senior majoring in Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering (NPRE) and pursuing a certificate in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS). He was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, but has been living in the small rural town of Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania since he was 16. Nicholas also lived on a U.S. naval base located in Yokohama, Japan for five years, during which he have traveled most of Asia and other countries in the Pacific theater.
With having a father that served in the U.S. Navy and currently working for the Department of Defense, Nicholas developed a strong interest in domestic and international security issues from a young age. “Now that I am studying Nuclear Engineering, I have developed even stronger interests in nuclear proliferation, nuclear arms control, and nuclear energy security and development. I have pursued these interests through my education, hobbies, and extracurricular activities.”
Nicholas has been an active national member of the American Nuclear Society since his Freshmen year, and has been an active member of the ACDIS Security Studies Group since its conception in the Fall of 2014. As Vice President of Development, I work on outreach and recruitment with the aid of the Development Liaisons, and I maintain the organization’s social media communications and publicity.
Jose Sanchez [VP of Academic Affairs]
Jose Sanchez majors in Psychology with a minor in Arabic Studies at UIUC. He is also currently enrolled in the ACDIS certificate program. Mr. Sanchez hails from Plainfield, a suburb of Chicago. In the summer of 2016, he was able to attend the Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW) to study Arabic in a more focused and intense environment. Mr. Sanchez is already looking at the application process for the Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic in Jordan for the summer of 2017.
Mr. Sanchez has always had a strong interest in national security and counterterrorism; thus, ACDIS was the perfect club to join! He plans on enlisting in the military after graduation, to perfect his Arabic, and become a translator. “I’ve had a great two years with ACDIS, and an amazing year with the Academic Committee specifically. In our committee, we write analytical academic papers and we also create simulations in order to create a database of simulations for high school teachers to use. Committee has made me a much better writer and I know it can for you too!”