Decision Analysis

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.

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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.

Capabilities

  • Environmental Risk Assessment and Management
  • Visualization of risks, uncertainty and tradeoffs
  • Risk-based Decision Analysis
  • Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis for formulation or technology prioritization
  • Life cycle assessment and Life Cycle costing
  • Value of Information analysis
  • Weight of evidence evaluation
  • Strategy development and justification
  • Risk-based Acquisition support
  • Portfolio analysis
  • Stakeholder engagement and risk communication

Education

  • PostDoc., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1998, Risk Assessment and Biostatistics
  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 1995, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • M.S., St. Petersburg Technical University, 1990, Physics and Mathematics

Research Projects

  • Nanoenabled product prioritiozation for testing by the Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Multi-criteria Decision Analysis framework for risk-based prioritization of nanoenabled materials and technologies
  • sustainabile nanotechnology: integration or Risk Assessment, Life Cycle Assessment and Decision Analysis

Igor Linkov

Research Physical Scientist

Publications

Education

  • M.S., University of California Davis, Davis, CA, 2010, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • B.S., California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2006, Computer Science

Research Projects

  • Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis to evaluate risks of engineered nanomaterials,
  • Integration of risk, scientific, and process data to rank nano-manufacturing alternatives.
  • Value of Information Analysis to prioritize nanoscience research portfolios,
  • Life Cycle Assessment to compare nano and traditional chemicals for use in military products,
  • Weight of Evidence analysis to compare and integrate nano information under uncertainty.

Matthew E. Bates

Research Environmental Engineer

Publications

Education

  • M.S., Duke University, Durham, NC, 2010, Engineering Management
  • B.S., Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 2008, Mechanical Engineering

Research Projects

  • Framework development for nanotechnology testing and assessment
  • Development of model for exposure-based chemical prioritization
  • Life cycle assessment for novel military compounds

Zachary A. Collier

Research General Engineer

Publications