MoghissiA. Alan Moghissi, Ph.D.Member, Board of Regents and Senior Fellow

A. Alan Moghissi is currently the President of the Institute for Regulatory Science (RSI), a non-profit organization dedicated to the idea that societal decisions must be based on Best Available Science (BAS) and Metrics for Evaluation of Scientific Claims (MESC) derived from BAS. He is credited for having established regulatory science as a new scientific discipline. He is also a member of Board of Regents and a senior fellow at the Potomac Institute for policy Studies, an organization dedicated to assist decision makers in developing policies that rely upon sound science. He is Associate Director, International Center for Regulatory Science at George Mason University and adjunct professor at the School of Medicine at Georgetown University.

Previously, Alan Moghissi was Associate Vice President for Environmental Health and Safety at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and Assistant Vice President for Environmental Health and Safety at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.  In both positions, he established an environmental health and safety program and resolved a number of relevant existing problems in those institutions. His approach consisted of using science and engineering to comply with exceedingly complex requirements dealing with occupational and environmental protection.  As a charter member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), he served in a number of capacities, including; Principal Science Advisor for Radiation and Hazardous Materials; Manager of the Health and Environmental Risk Analysis Program both in EPA headquarter; and Director of the Bioenvironmental/Radiological Research Division in Las Vegas, NV . While at the EPA he was a member of a number working groups responsible for writing regulations mostly in areas related to radiation and hazardous materials. Alan Moghissi has been affiliated with a number of universities:  He was a professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore; a visiting professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Virginia; and was also affiliated with the University of Nevada and the Catholic University of America. 

Research activities of Alan Moghissi have dealt with diverse subjects ranging from measurement of pollutants to biological effects of environmental agents.  A major segment of his research has been on the development of the BAS/MESC system and its application to the scientific foundation of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and public information.  He has published in excess of 400 papers, reports, and other materials. In addition, he has authored or edited 20 books and has led peer reviews and scientific assessments resulting in about 300 reports. Sponsors of these activities included government agencies at federal, state, and local levels; U. S. Congress; and various other organizations at national and international levels. Alan Moghissi was the Editor-in-Chief of Environment International, Waste Management, and Technology,whichtraced its route to the Journal of the Franklin Institute, one of America=s oldest technical journals in the U.S.  Alan Moghissi was and continues to be a member of the editorial boards of several other scientific journals, and is active in a number of civic, academic, and scientific organizations. 

He is an honorary member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements; a member of the International Academy of Indoor Air Sciences; an Academic Councilor of the Russian Academy of Engineering; and a past Academic Councilor of Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado Puebla, a Mexican University. He has testified numerous times at committees of both Senate and House of Representatives; has served on a number of national and international panels; and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Distinguished Carrier Award of the EPA and a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Dr. Moghissi has served as a Commissioner of the U. S. Commission on UNESCO and served as a member of the U.S. Committee on International Hydrology Programme.

Alan Moghissi received his education at the University of Zurich, and Federal Institute of Technology in Switzerland, and Technical University of Karlsruhe (now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) in Germany, where he received a doctorate degree in physical chemistry.


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