John Ahearne (chair) is Executive Director Emeritus of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, and Emeritus Director of the Sigma Xi Ethics Program. Prior to working at Sigma Xi, Dr. Ahearne served as Vice President and Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future and as Commissioner and Chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He worked in the White House Energy Office and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy. He also worked on weapons systems analysis, force structure, and personnel policy as Deputy and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. Serving in the U.S. Air Force (USAF), he worked on nuclear weapons effects and taught at the USAF Academy. Dr. Ahearne’s research interests include risk analysis, risk communication, energy analysis, reactor safety, radioactive waste, nuclear weapons, materials disposition, science policy, and environmental management. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1996 for his leadership in energy policy and the safety and regulation of nuclear power. Dr. Ahearne has served on many NRC Committees in the past twenty years, and has chaired a number of these, including the current Committee on Evaluation of Quantification of Margins and Uncertainty Methodology Applied to the Certification of the Nation’s Nuclear Weapons Stockpile and the Committee on the Internationalization of the Civil Nuclear Fuel Cycle. In 1966, Dr. Ahearne earned his PhD in Physics from Princeton University.
Thomas W. Armstrong is Senior Scientific Associate in the Exposure Sciences Section of ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences, Inc., where he has been working since 1989. Dr. Armstrong is also working with the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center as the lead investigator on exposure assessment for epidemiological investigations of potentially benzene-related hematopoietic diseases in Shanghai, China. Dr. Armstrong also spent nine years working for the Linde Group, as both the manager of loss control in the gases division and as a manager of safety and industrial hygiene. Dr. Armstrong recently conducted research on quantitative risk assessment models for inhalation exposure to Legionella. He is currently a member of both the Society for Risk Analysis and The American Industrial Hygiene Association, and he has been certified as an Industrial Hygienist by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. Dr. Armstrong has an MS in Environmental Health and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Drexel University.
Gerardo Chowell is an Assistant Professor at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. Prior to joining ASU, Dr. Chowell was a Director’s postdoctoral fellow with the Mathematical Modeling and Analysis group (Theoretical Division) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He performs mathematical modeling of emergent and re-emergent infectious diseases (including SARS, influenza, Ebola, and Foot-and-Mouth Disease) with an emphasis in quantifying the effects of public health interventions. His research interests include agent-based modeling, model validation, and social network analysis. Dr. Chowell received his PhD in Biometry from Cornell University and his engineering degree in telematics from the Universidad de Colima, Mexico.
Margaret E. Coleman is a Senior Microbiologist at Syracuse Research Corporation (SRC) in the Environmental Science Center, an independent not-for-profit research and development organization. Ms. Coleman leads multi-disciplinary teams in SRC’s Microbial Risk Assessment Center of Excellence (M-RACE) and is a founding member and councilor of the new Upstate