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Risk and Decision Sciences


The Risk and Decision Sciences Group (R&DS) works with government agencies and the private sector to provide information to support risk-informed decisions in uncertain and complex natural or engineered systems such as environmental cleanup, nuclear safety and licensing, and preventing acts of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The R&DS team develops novel analytical methods and integrates them with state-of-the-art technologies to help clients:

  • Define their decision workspace,
  • Prioritize risks,
  • Design and implement decision making tools, and
  • Develop defensible risk management strategies.

Our team provides innovative solutions through the entire decision-making process. These solutions serve as the foundation for developing strategies to minimize risks to individuals or the public, program life cycles, facility designs and operations, and the environment.

The R&DS team consists of engineers, operations researchers, computer scientists, statisticians, and safety analysts. We assemble teams, including domain experts, from multiple disciplines, as necessary to solve complex problems.

Our clients include the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management, Hanford Site Contractors, DOE Office of Nuclear Energy, DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, DOE National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, and Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

We can assist you in achieving your project goals through contract or collaborative research. Feel free to review our research areas and projects (links on left side)---and contact me for more information.

Risk and Decision Sciences

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