Robyn E. Hannigan
Dr. Robyn Hannigan became the Provost of Clarkson University in August 2019. Dr. Hannigan is recognized globally as an innovative leader, and her passion for higher education and research, coupled with her dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion has transformed the institutions where she has served. She served as a member of the National Academies Board on Earth Sciences and Resources from 2003-2006. She has translated her spirit for invention into two start-up companies and continues to be an active, prolific researcher in the broad field of geochemistry. Dr. Hannigan has a B.S. in biology from the College of New Jersey, a master’s in geology from the State University of New York-Buffalo, and a master’s and Ph.D. in earth and environmental science from the University of Rochester.
Carol M. Jantzen
Carol M. Jantzen, Ph.D., is currently an Affiliate Faculty, College of Sciences and Engineering, University of South Carolina at Aiken (USCA). As a retired consulting scientist from the Savannah River National Laboratory with 45 years of experience in the disposal of high level radioactive waste, her research spanned vitreous, crystalline ceramic, mineral, and cementitious waste form development, processing, and characterization in both the U.S. and Europe. She developed waste form durability tests, process models for vitrification, and glass standards for the stabilization of high level, hazardous, and mixed (radioactive and hazardous) wastes. In 2008, she won the Wendell Weart Lifetime Achievement Award in nuclear waste management for more than three decades of outstanding contributions to nuclear waste management. She is a fellow, past president, and distinguished life member of the American Ceramic Society. Her postdoctoral research was in cement stabilization of U.S. and U.K. wastes in the Department of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Dr. Jantzen served on the Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Astronomy and was a member of the NRSB’s Committee on Waste Forms Technology and Performance for six years. Dr. Jantzen received a Ph.D. degree in materials science and engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook with a specialization in glass chemistry, glass decomposition mechanisms, and glass durability.
George F. List
Dr. George F. List, Ph.D., P.E., has more than 40 years of experience in both academia and consulting and is a nationally recognized scholar for his work in network operations modeling and control, freight network planning, and simulation. A significant part of Dr. List’s research work focuses on highway network operations. Dr. List was the principal investigator on TRB’s second Strategic Highway Research Program’s Reliability Project, which focused on developing a guidebook for creating travel time reliability monitoring systems. Dr. List is well known for his work in the modeling, simulation, and optimization of transport systems and networks. Dr. List has also led major projects focused on logistics, especially the use of infrastructure investments to help encourage economic development and job growth. Presently, Dr. List is a faculty member in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. From 2005-2010, he served as the department head. From 1984 to 2005, he was a faculty member in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. While there he served 10 years as Department Chair and eight concurrent years as the Director of the Center for Infrastructure and Transportation Studies. He also held an appointment in the Department of Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems. He is presently managing more than $2M in research including projects focused on the decarbonization of the rail industry, developing procedures to monitor travel time reliability, and mechanisms to tie transportation investments to economic development. Dr. List is a member of ASCE (Fellow), TRB, IEEE (Senior Member), ITE, and INFORMS. He holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University (B.S. electrical engineering, 1971), the University of Delaware (master’s in electrical engineering, 1976), and the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D., civil engineering, 1984).
Linda K. Nozick
Dr. Linda K. Nozick is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University and currently serves as its School Director (2014-present). She is also the Co-Founder of the College Program in Systems Engineering and served as its Director from 2009 to 2014. Dr. Nozick has been a member of the Cornell University faculty since 1992, culminating in her promotion to Full Professor in 2003. From 1998 to 1999, Dr. Nozick was a Visiting Associate Professor in the Operations Research department at the Naval Postgraduate School in California. Dr. Nozick was also appointed by President Obama to the U.S Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board in 2011 and served in that capacity until 2019. Dr. Nozick has a B.S.E in Systems Analysis and Engineering from the George Washington University in 1989, an M.S.E in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990 and a Ph.D., also in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. Dr. Nozick has been the recipient of several professional honors including a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Clinton. Dr. Nozick has also received recognition awards from Sandia National Laboratories and the National Nuclear Security Administration for the development of modeling tools for nuclear stockpile analysis, transportation of hazardous/sensitive materials, enterprise planning and budget analyses. Dr. Nozick's primary research interest is the development of mathematical models for use in the management of complex systems, and in particular, systems that can be represented as networks including transportation, logistics, and electric power systems. Much of her recent research has focused on the development of models to combat natural hazards in the built environment. This research has included investment planning in transportation and electric power systems to stem the consequences of earthquakes and manmade hazards, regional evacuation planning for hurricanes and the design of home acquisition and retrofit programs to address hurricane threat.
John L. Provis
John L. Provis is Professor of Cement Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Sheffield. He led the Geopolymer and Minerals Processing Group at the University of Melbourne until joining the University of Sheffield in 2012 with a Chair in Cement Materials Science and Engineering. John was awarded the 2013 RILEM Robert L’Hermite Medal “in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the research and development of geopolymers and other construction materials,” and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Hasselt University, Belgium, in 2015 to recognize his leadership in the development of geopolymers and other novel cementitious materials. His research has been funded by the European Research Council as well as other EU sources, UK Research Councils, industry, and international funding bodies, and has resulted in more than 250 refereed international journal articles. He is an invited TAC Expert of RILEM, a Voting Member of committees of BSI, ASTM and ACI, Editor-in-Chief of the leading journal Materials and Structures, Associate Editor of Cement and Concrete Research, and Specialty Chief Editor for the Structural Materials section of Frontiers in Materials. Professor Provis has also been appointed as a Visiting Professor at Lulea University of Technology, Sweden, in the Building Materials division. He completed a combined B.E.(Hons)/B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and Applied Mathematics at the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 2002, followed by a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the same institution in 2006.
Geoffrey S. Rothwell
Geoffrey S. Rothwell is a Senior Consulting Economist for Longenecker & Associates, contracting with the DOE-NNSA, focused on the role of markets in non-proliferation. Between 2018 and 2021, he was the chief consulting economist for Turner|Harris, Manchester, UK. Between 2013 and 2018, he was the principal economist at the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France, where he worked on the economics of radioactive waste management, among other topics. From 1986 to 2012 at Stanford University, he was the Director of Honors Programs in the Department of Economics and the Public Policy Program, Associate Director in the Public Policy Program, and a senior lecturer in the Department of Economics and Public Policy Program. He has served on National Academy of Sciences committees to review US DOE’s Environmental Management Program (2020-2021); to review US DOE’s Nuclear Energy R&D Program (2006-2007); and to review the Decontamination and Decommissioning of Uranium Enrichment Facilities (1993-1996). Dr. Rothwell received his M.A. in Jurisprudence from Boalt Law School, University of California, Berkeley, in 1984, his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985, and finished a post-doctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology, in 1986. (Dr. Rothwell graduated from Richland High School in 1971.)
Anne E. Smith
Anne E. Smith is a managing director and co-chair of National Economic Research Associates, lnc.'s (NERA's) Global Environment Practice. Trained in economics, decision sciences, and mathematical modeling, she has applied this expertise to issues including air quality, climate change, contaminated sites, food safety, and nuclear waste management. She has also conducted training courses in health risk assessment and risk management for staff of corporations and government agencies. In addition to her consulting activities, Dr. Smith has served on committees of the National Academies of Sciences, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, the UN's Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP), and EPA's Board of Scientific Counselors. She is a Member of many different professional societies, performs peer reviews for journal articles, and served on the Board of Directors of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis in 2013 and 2014. Prior to joining NERA, Dr. Smith was Practice Leader of Climate and Sustainability at Charles River Associates. She was also a vice president and policy analysis practice leader at Decision Focus Incorporated, and served as an economist in the Office of Policy Planning and Evaluation at the US Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Smith graduated summa cum laude from Duke University with a B.A. in economics and from Stanford University with an M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics, and a Ph.D. minor in engineering-economic systems.
Kevin W. Smith
Kevin W. Smith is the Senior Consultant for the Falcon-Cougar Management Consultants LLC. Smith's career spans ~40 years with senior leadership positions with both the Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of Defense (DOD). His previous positions include serving as the Manager of Hanford's Office of River Protection and was responsible for management of two of DOE's largest projects, the nuclear Tank Farms and construction of the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant. Prior to his role at Hanford, Smith served as Manager of the National Nuclear Security Administration's Los Alamos Site Office, acting Manager of NNSA's Kansas City Plant, Deputy Manager of the Y-12 NNSA Site Office, and Assistant Manager for the Nuclear Material Stabilization Project at the Savannah River Site with responsibility for the Savannah River National Laboratory. With DOD, Smith served in the U.S. Air Force in a number of capacities including as Air Combat Command's Director of Safety where he was responsible for the flying, weapons, industrial, and nuclear safety programs for 100,000 personnel. He also served as Commander of an F-16 fighter squadron, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations for U.S. Forces Korea, and the Commander of 49th Operations Group at Holloman Air Force Base NM. He flew a number of aircraft to include the F-4, F-16, and the F-117 Stealth Fighter. A native of Olympia, Washington, Smith is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy with a bachelor's degree in physics. He also holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and a master of science degree in management, from Troy State University.
Chris G. Whipple
Chris G. Whipple has over 40 years of experience in managing risks to human health and the environment. The major emphases of his work have been radioactive wastes, hazardous air pollutants, and environmental mercury. He has served on numerous national committees addressing radioactive waste management, including committees of the National Academies, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, of which he is an emeritus member. He was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering in 2001. Chris has chaired the National Academies Board on Radioactive Waste Management, as well as National Academies committees on the Review of the Hanford Site’s Environmental Remediation Science and Technology Plan; Models in the Regulatory Decision Process; Medical Isotope Production without Highly Enriched Uranium; and Understanding and Managing Risk in Security Systems for the Department of Energy Nuclear Weapons Complex. Chris also co-chaired the National Academies Report Review Committee from 2008-2016. He was a charter member and second president of the Society for Risk Analysis, and is a Fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science. He received a Ph.D. and M.S. in engineering science from the California Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in engineering science from Purdue University. In 2004, he received Purdue’s Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award.
Charles Ferguson - (Staff Officer)
Charles D. Ferguson is the director of the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board in the Division on Earth and Life Studies at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Previously, he was the president of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS). Prior to FAS, he worked as the Philip D. Reed senior fellow for science and technology at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), where he specialized in nuclear issues, and served as project director for the Independent Task Force on U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy chaired by William J. Perry and Brent Scowcroft. Before CFR, he was the scientist-in-residence at the Monterey Institute’s Center for Nonproliferation Studies, where he co-authored the book The Four Faces of Nuclear Terrorism (Routledge, 2005) and was lead author of the January 2003 report Commercial Radioactive Sources: Surveying the Security Risks. For his work on security of radioactive sources, he was awarded the Robert S. Landauer Memorial Lecture Award from the Health Physics Society in 2003. He is also the author of Nuclear Energy: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2011). In addition, he has worked as a physical scientist in the Office of Nuclear Safety at the U.S. Department of State, and he has served as a nuclear engineering officer and submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. He is an elected fellow of the American Physical Society in recognition of his service to public policy and public education on nuclear issues. Dr. Ferguson earned a BS in physics with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy and MA and PhD degrees, also in physics, from Boston University.