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Glenn Paulson, Science Advisor to the EPA Administrator

Glenn Paulson
Glenn Paulson

Glenn Paulson, Ph.D., is the EPA Administrator’s Science Advisor. Among his responsibilities at EPA, he is Co-Chairman of the Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability of the National Science and Technology Council, an operating unit of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Dr. Paulson has over forty years experience in environmental science, technology, and policy issues in the public, private, and academic sectors. He served three terms on the National Academy of Science’s Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board, and has been a member of many federal government advisory committees, including a charter member of the U.S. Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board and the first Chairman of the Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Advisory Board.

Earlier in his career, Dr. Paulson was Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's School of Public Health, and also Research Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Department of Environmental Engineering. He served as the first Assistant Commissioner for Science at the State of New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection, where he was also the State’s Chief Radiation Officer. The Three-Mile Island accident occurred during his term as Chief Radiation Officer.

In his current position as Science Advisor to the Administrator of EPA, Dr. Paulson provides expertise on a wide variety of scientific issues relevant to Agency decisions. He also Chairs the cross-agency Science and Technology Policy Council, which is made up of high level managers from across the Agency. The Council deals with issues such as the Laboratory Enterprise Study, responses to recommendations from National Research Council reports, technology innovation, sustainability, and improving risk assessment methods and approaches, as well as environmental measurement, modeling and monitoring.
Dr. Paulson also serves as EPA’s Acting Scientific Integrity Official and leads the implementation of EPA’s Policy on Scientific Integrity. He is also responsible for overseeing EPA’s compliance with the requirements for human subjects research.

Dr. Paulson earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences and Ecology from The Rockefeller University and a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from Northwestern University.

In March, 2013, he was recognized by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists as a Board Certified Environmental Scientist (BCES).