Dr. Steven M. Becker was appointed to the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board by President Barack Obama on September 25, 2012.
Dr. Becker is professor of community and environmental health in the College of Health Sciences at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He is a leading international expert in emergency planning, disaster preparedness and response, public health preparedness, and crisis and emergency risk communication for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear issues. Dr. Becker also has extensive on-the-ground experience at the sites of major accidents and emergencies around the world. In 2011, he was a member of a three-person assistance team invited to Japan in response to the earthquake-tsunami and accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. While on scene, the team carried out a rapid site assessment and provided training to more than 1,100 Japanese healthcare professionals and emergency responders.
In 2005, Dr. Becker was elected by his scientific peers to serve on the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements. His work on emergency preparedness and risk communication has been recognized with awards from such scientific organizations as the Health Physics Society and the Oak Ridge Associated Universities. For the last 15 years, he also has been an invited faculty member for the Harvard School of Public Health training course on radiological emergency planning.
Dr. Becker holds a B.A. from George Washington University, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College. He also was a Dozor Visiting Scholar at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel and a Visiting Fellow at the Japan Emergency Medicine Foundation and National Hospital Tokyo Disaster Medical Center. In 2017, Dr. Becker was named a member of the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.