Mark Abkowitz specializes in managing the risks associated with accidents, intentional acts and natural disasters. His recent book analyzes what went wrong during major natural disasters, man-made accidents and terrorist attacks, including Sept. 11, Hurricane Katrina, the London transit bombings and the Sumatra Tsunami. That book, Operational Risk Management – A Case Study Approach to Effective Planning and Response, was published by John Wiley & Sons. Abkowitz has a specific interest in hazardous materials transportation safety and security, and in risk mitigation using advanced information technologies.
Abkowitz has appeared on National Public Radio, Fox National News and CNBC discussing emergency response during major disasters. He is a member of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, having been appointed to this position by President George W. Bush in June 2002. He has previously served on several other national and international committees, including as Chairman of the National Academy of Sciences, Transportation Research Board Committee on Hazardous Materials Transport and as a member of the National Research Council, Committee on Disposal of Transuranic Waste at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Abkowitz is also the recipient of the 1996 Distinguished Service Award from the National Academy of Sciences for his leadership role with the Transportation Research Board.
March 21, 2011 The Monday Risk Report "Maintaining a Perspective on Radiation Dose"
August 19, 2011 ResearchNews@Vanderbilt "Time to begin anticipating and adapting to climate change"