Eric Abelquist is director of the
Radiological Safety, Assessments, and Training (RSAT) Program for ORISE.
Abelquist is responsible for the management of all RSAT activities
including the oversight of the Professional Training Programs (PTP),
Environmental Survey and Site Assessment Program (ESSAP), and support of
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationís (NOAA) Atmospheric
Turbulence and Diffusion Division.
Abelquist replaced long-time program
director Jack Beck, who served as the associate RSAT program director
until his retirement in 2003.
Abelquist joined ORISE in 1993 as a project
leader with ESSAP. In 1996, he was promoted to associate program
director overseeing the technical assistance that ESSAP provides to
clients within the NRC and DOE. During this time, Abelquist was called
upon to work with the NRC in the development of regulatory guidance
documents and the evaluation of detection survey instruments.
In 1996 Abelquist was part of a team called
upon to develop MARSSIM, the Multi-agency Radiation Survey and Site
Investigation Manual. Years in the making, MARSSIM successfully
consolidated the final status survey guidance from four federal agencies
(DOE, NRC, Department of Defense, and Environmental Protection Agency)
into one guidance document.
MARSSIM has been so successful that
Abelquist later contributed to the development of training courses and a
software program, COMPASS, that supported and expanded ORISEís MARSSIM
work. In 2001, Abelquist also authored a book entitled Decommissioning
Health Physics: A Handbook for MARSSIM Users.
Abelquist holds a bachelorís degree in
radiological health physics and a masterís degree in radiological
sciences and protection from the University of Lowell in Lowell,
Massachusetts. He is a certified health physicist and contributing
editor to the Health Physics Newsletter.
Abelquist is one of nine
directors on the Board of Directors of the national Health Physics Society (HPS) whose responsibilities include establishing and exercising
control over all funds, properties, activities and policies; holding at
least two regular meetings each year; and authorizing the formation of
society sections and chapters. He assumed the responsibilities in July
2003 for a three-year term.
Eric was President of the East
Tennessee Chapter HPS from 2001 to 2002, and was the founder and
first president of the HPS Decommissioning Section. He is a certified
health physicist, author of the textbook Decommissioning Health
Physics: A Handbook for MARSSIM Users and contributing editor to the
Health Physics Newsletter.
Eric Provides technical assistance to the
Department of Energy (DOE) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
in aspects of decommissioning survey protocols and instrumentation,
including special projects. Also Manages radiological surveys and
environmental assessments that confirm the adequacy of the Department of
Energyís (DOE) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commissionís (NRC)
decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) programs.
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
Attn: Eric Abelquist
P.O. Box 117
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0117
Phone: +1 865 576 3740
FAX: +1 865 241 3497