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Personal Biography of Paul W. Eslinger, Ph.D.

Dr. Eslinger is a Staff Scientist, Risk and Decision Sciences Group, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Battelle Memorial Institute. Dr. Eslinger has been involved in the Systems Assessment Capability project at the Hanford site in Washington State since 1998. This project is calculates human, ecological, economic, and cultural risk estimates for different proposed end-states of the cleanup of the Hanford nuclear reservation. He is the technical leader for this project in the area of statistics and uncertainty analysis and also leads the modeling code development effort. Areas of research interest include methods for estimating and reporting uncertainty, methods for efficiently utilizing terabyte-size data sets, and methods for estimating ecological impacts using food-web models.

Dr. Eslinger led the performance assessment modeling activities for the Environmental Impact Statement for the Yucca Mountain site in Nevada that was published in 2003 by the U.S. Department of Energy. This document addresses the environmental impacts from geologic disposal of commercial spent nuclear fuel and defense high-level radioactive wastes. Activities included developing and running performance models that included risk estimates for human exposures. Dr. Eslinger also led the inventory and performance assessment modeling activities for the second supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) located near Carlsbad, New Mexico. This document, published by the U.S. Department of Energy in 1997, addressed the disposal phase of development of the facility for the long-term disposal of transuranic wastes.

Dr. Eslinger led the team that developed the computer codes used by the Hanford Environmental Dose Reconstruction project in 1994 to estimate environmental accumulations of radionuclides and doses to individuals from nuclear-related activities on the Hanford site. The codes are constructed in a stochastic framework and were state-of-the-art in implementing both time and space varying estimates of dose. Dr. Eslinger also served as the statistical task lead on this project.

Dr. Eslinger has a Ph.D. in Statistics from Southern Methodist University, a M.A. in Mathematics from Washington State University and a B.S. in Mathematics from George Fox College.

 

 


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