Wei-Hsung Wang

Wei-Hsung Wang

Professor and Director Radiation Safety Office

Center for Energy Studies

Louisiana State University

125 Nuclear Science Bldg.

Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Phone: 225-578-2743 / Fax: 225-578-2094

Email: weihsung@lsu.edu

Wei-Hsung Wang is a professor at the Center for Energy Studies, director of the Radiation Safety Office, an adjunct professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Department of Environmental Sciences, and a clinical professor of radiology at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans.  He was a faculty senator at LSU from 2019 to 2022.  He teaches the following graduate-level courses: Radiation Protection and Exposure Evaluation, Environmental Radiological Evaluation and Remediation, and Nuclear Facility Safety.

Dr. Wang received his B.S. in geology from National Taiwan University, M.S. in environmental health engineering from Northwestern University, and Ph.D. in health physics from Purdue University.  He is certified by the American Board of Health Physics (ABHP), the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, and the Board of Laser Safety.  He was a board member of the ABHP (Vice Chair 2020, Chair 2021) and has served on the ABHP Part II Panel of Examiners (Vice Chair 2015; Chair 2016) and the Certified Laser Safety Officer Technical Review Board.

Dr. Wang’s research interests center on the development of feasible solutions to practical radiological protection, radiation detection, and environmental impact issues, through the application of a diverse background in bionucleonics, environmental health engineering, industrial hygiene, non-ionizing radiation, radiation instrumentation, and radiochemistry.  The majority of his work has emphasized operational radiation safety, radiation detection instrumentation, air monitoring methodology, radioactive waste management, gamma-ray spectroscopy, radiation dosimetry, environmental radiation, and radiological emergency response planning and preparedness.  He has contributed three book chapters and authored/co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications, conference proceedings/presentations, and abstracts.  In addition, he holds a U.S. patent on a real-time video radiation exposure monitoring system.

Dr. Wang was the recipient of the 2022 William A. McAdams Outstanding Service Award presented by the ABHP.  This award is presented annually by the ABHP to honor a certified health physicist who has made significant contributions toward professionalism in health physics and to the certification process.  To recognize his significant administrative, educational, and scientific contributions to the profession of health physics, Dr. Wang received the Fellow Award of the Health Physics Society (HPS) in 2015.  He was the Herman Cember Memorial Lecturer at the 2013 American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exhibition in Montreal, Canada.  He was the co-academic dean of the 2014 HPS Professional Development School on Radiation Safety in Medicine.  He has served as a journal reviewer for Environmental Health Insights, Health Physics, Medical Physics, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Nuclear Science and Techniques, and Progress in Nuclear Energy.  He was also a member of the HPS Academic Education Committee for 13 years (Chair 2018-2022).  His professional memberships include the American Academy of Health Physics, the American Society of Safety Professionals, the HPS, and the Laser Institute of America.

Dr. Wang is a charter member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board and its Radiation Advisory Committee.  He has also served on two EPA Panels charged with reviewing the radionuclide cancer risk coefficients in 2022 and a revision of the Multi-Agency Radiation Survey and Site Investigation Manual in 2020.  Dr. Wang was a technical advisor to the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health from 2017 to 2019.  He was one of the twelve U.S. university professors of nuclear energy selected to participate in the 2016 Nuclear Tour de France, which was organized by Française de l'American Nuclear Society and Société Française d'Energie Nucléaire and sponsored by ANDRA, AREVA, Électricité de France, and Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique, to promote and develop exchanges of the status and knowledge of nuclear advancement and achievements in France and in the U.S. in different technical fields as well as to continuously enhance the relationship between France and the U.S. in the field of nuclear education and training.  After the Fukushima nuclear incident in Japan, he served as a radiological expert on the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Radiological Ideas Workshop and was interviewed by WAFB-TV (CBS affiliate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) regarding the concern of adverse health effects in the U.S. from the incident.  He was also an invited panelist on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Radiation Protection Standards Workshop to discuss the potential changes to the NRC’s radiation protection regulations and guidance in light of recommendations in the International Commission on Radiological Protection Publication 103.

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