Dr. Teresa Fryberger was appointed to the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board by President Joseph Biden on October 25, 2022.
Dr. Teresa Fryberger has worked as a consultant for the American Chemical Society (ACS) since her retirement in 2019. At ACS she played a key role in developing the strategy and plans for the newly launched ACS Campaign for a Sustainable Future.
Dr. Fryberger's areas of expertise include a wide range of topics in chemical and environmental sciences and policy. Most relevant to the work of this board is her experience in nuclear waste management research, the use of research results data for decision-making, and Federal research management policy and operations.
Before her retirement, Dr. Fryberger served as a Senior Board Director at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, where she led two boards -- the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology and the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology. Prior to the Academies, she held executive positions at the National Aeronautics and Space Agency and the Department of Energy. While at the Department of Energy, she was detailed to the White House from 2004 to 2006, where she gained policy experience at the Office of Science and Technology Policy and held the position of Assistant Director for Environment. Dr. Fryberger has also worked in leadership positions at two national laboratories -- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory. During her eight years at the U.S. Department of Energy, she managed the Efficient Separations Research Program for the treatment of high-level nuclear waste and led the Environmental Management Science Program, which sponsored foundational research for the defense waste cleanup effort.
Dr. Fryberger was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2018. Prior to joining the National Academies as a Board Director in 2013, she was a member of the Chemical Science Roundtable, and served on two National Research Council study committees that focused on nuclear defense waste research and management.
Dr. Frybereger earned her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Northwestern University (1986) and her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Oklahoma (1979). After receiving her Ph.D., she was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute for Science and Technology.
Dr. Fryberger resides in Arlington, Virginia.