Dr. A. Alan Moghissi is currently 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 scientific information. The activities of the Institute include research, scientific assessment, and science education at all levels—particularly the education of minorities.
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 at Baltimore. In both positions, he established an environmental health and safety program and resolved a number of relevant existing problems in those institutions.
As a charter member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), he served in a number of capacities, including Director of the Bioenvironmental/Radiological Research Division; Principal Science Advisor for Radiation and Hazardous Materials; and Manager of the Health and Environmental Risk Analysis Program.
Alan Moghissi has been affiliated with a number of universities. He was a visiting professor at Georgia Tech and the University of Virginia, and was also affiliated with the University of Nevada and the Catholic University of America. Alan Moghissi’s research has dealt with diverse subjects ranging from measurement of pollutants to biological effects of environmental agents. A major segment of his research has been on scientific information upon which laws, regulations, and judicial decisions are based—notably risk assessment. He has published nearly 400 papers, including several books.
He is the Editor-in-Chief of Technology: A Journal of Science Serving Legislative, Regulatory, and Judicial Systems, which traces its roots to the Journal of the Franklin Institute—one of America’s oldest continuously published journals of science and technology. Alan Moghissi is a member of the editorial board of several other scientific journals and is active in a number of civic, academic, and scientific organizations. He has served on a number of national and international committees and panels. He is a member of a number of professional societies including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and is past chair of its Environmental Engineering Division. He is also an academic councilor of the Russian Academy of Engineering.
He received his education at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and Technical University of Karlsruhe in Germany, where he received a doctorate degree in physical chemistry.