NWTRB Board Member
|William M. Murphy, Ph.D.
Dr. William M. Murphy was appointed to the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board on March 20, 2006, by President George W. Bush.
Dr. Murphy is professor in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at California State University, Chico. His research focuses on geochemistry, including the interactions of nuclear wastes and geologic media. From 1988 to the time that he joined the University faculty in 2000, Dr. Murphy worked at the Center for Nuclear Waste Regulatory Analyses. Dr. Murphy worked previously (1986-1988) at the Basalt Waste Isolation Project at Hanford, Washington.
Dr. Murphy serves on the Steering Committee for the Symposium on the Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management. He was a representative from the U.S. in the Natural Analogue Working Group, and he holds a position as administrative judge on the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
In 1974, Dr. Murphy received a B.S. in earth sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He received an M.S. in geology from the University of Oregon in 1977, and a Ph.D. in geology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.
Dr. Murphy resides in Chico, California.