Dr. Kenneth L. Mossman

Former Board Member

Board Member Photo

Dr. Kenneth L. Mossman of Scottsdale, Arizona has been named as its newest member. He was confirmed by Congress on November 14, 2013.

Kenneth L. Mossman joined the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board in November 2013 after a 40 year career in higher education as a faculty member at both Georgetown University and Arizona State University. From 1990-1992, he served as Assistant Vice President for Research at Arizona State, and from 1997-2004 served as Director, University Office of Radiation Safety. During the period 1973-1990, Dr. Mossman served on the faculty at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and was professor and founding Chairman of the Department of Radiation Science from 1985-1990. In 2007, he was appointed Administrative Judge, the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, within the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Dr. Mossman's research interests include the biological effects of low level radiation, cancer cause and prevention, radiological risk assessment and risk management, radiation protection and public policy and theory of medicine and human disease.

Dr. Mossman served as president of the Health Physics Society from 1993-1994. In 1984, Dr. Mossman was awarded the Elda Anderson Award from the Health Physics Society and in 1994 was elected a Fellow of the Society in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of Health Physics. In 1995, he received the Marie Curie Gold Medal. From 1996-1998, he served as a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer and in 2001, he was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in recognition of distinguished contributions to the field of health physics and for advancing the understanding of the health effects of low doses of ionizing radiation. In 2002, he received the Health Physics Society’s Founders Award. In 2003, he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.

Throughout his career, Dr. Mossman has served on a number of national and international advisory groups including advisory groups of the National Research Council, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (Paris), and the International Atomic Energy Agency (Vienna). He has testified before both the House of Representatives and the Senate on various radiation related issues.

Dr. Mossman earned the B.S. in biology from Wayne State University. He was awarded the MS and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Tennessee in radiation biology, as well as a Master’s in Education in higher education administration from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Mossman passed away on January 8, 2014.