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President of the United States George W. Bush appointed Professor of Reliability Engineering Ali Mosleh to the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board (NWTRB). The White House press release regarding this appointment was issued the week of August 16, 2004.

The Board is an independent federal agency established by the U.S. Congress in 1987 to provide oversight of the scientific and technical activities related to the packaging, transportation, and disposal of high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel in the United States. The board consists of 11 members who are appointed by the President of the United States from a list of nominations submitted by the National Academy of Sciences. Board members serve a four-year term.

The main requirements for appointments to the NWTRB were established by Congress, which expect the appointee to be eminent in a field of science or engineering, including environmental sciences; and that the appointee is selected solely on the basis of established record of distinguished service.

The NWTRB performs an important service to the nation, ensuring that the management and disposal of high-level waste and spent nuclear fuel have a sound scientific and technical basis, and appointment to the board is considered to be a professional honor.

Professor Mosleh was appointed as the Director of the Reliability Engineering Program in the Mechanical Engineering Department this Summer. He is an internationally recognized leader in technology risk and reliability with numerous seminal contributions to diverse fields of theory and application, winner of several scientific achievement awards, Fellow and Chair of the Engineering Division of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), Engineering Editor of the SRA Journal, Chair and organizer of numerous international conferences on risk and reliability engineering, and technical advisor to many national and international organizations.

Congratulations to Professor Mosleh for this prestigious appointment.



August 15, 2004


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