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Winter Issue of The Bridge on Sustainable Water Resources
December 15, 2011 Volume 41 Issue 4

Ron Latanision Named New Editor-in-Chief of The Bridge

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Editor’s Note

With the publication of this issue, NAE welcomes Dr. Ronald M. Latanision as the new editor-in-chief of The Bridge. Dr. Latanision replaces former editor-in-chief and NAE Foreign Secretary George Bugliarello, who passed away in February 2011.

Dr. Latanision is currently corporate vice president at Exponent, an engineering consulting firm. Prior to joining Exponent in 2002, he was director of the H.H. Uhlig Corrosion Laboratory in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he held joint faculty appointments in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Nuclear Engineering. Dr. Latanision was a member of the MIT faculty from 1974 to 2002.

A member of NAE since 1985, Dr. Latanision has served on more than 20 National Research Council and NAE study committees. He has also served as a science advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology and a member of the Advisory Committee to the Massachusetts Office of Science and Technology. In June 2002, President George W. Bush appointed him a member of the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, a position he still holds under President Barack Obama.

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