Perceived risks associated with the manufacturing, use, and disposal of novel technologies (e.g., nanomaterials) often delay or even preclude their use to solve societal needs. We develop adaptive methods and models to evaluate and prioritize relevant risks and implement decision analysis techniques to compare and guide selection of appropriate courses of action and risk management alternatives.
Decision analytical tools add valuable structure to otherwise ad hoc decision processes. The decision-making process involves various stakeholders who place different weights on different decision criteria. Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis integrates this information by comparing the technologies to determine which performs best on each criterion, and computes a total performance score across all criteria for each technology for each evaluation perspective.
Research Physical Scientist
Research Environmental Engineer
Research General Engineer