RISK newsletter:
Garrick Receives SRA's Highest Award

Source: The Society for Risk Analysis' RISK newsletter, Second Quarter 1995

B. John Garrick, the president and chief executive officer of PLG Inc., Newport Beach, California, was presented SRA's Distinguished Achievement Award at the Society's 1994 Annual Meeting held in Baltimore in December.

In 1968 while a graduate student in engineering and applied science at the University of California-Los Angeles, Garrick wrote a Ph.D. thesis on the topic Unified Systems Safety Analysis for Nuclear Power Plants, which first advocated what is now known as probabilistic risk assessment. Initially focusing only on nuclear systems, most of his career has been dedicated to building a comprehensive consulting practice in quantitative risk assessment in many fields, including space and defense, chemical and petroleum, and transportation. His PLG teams were the first to present risk results that included the quantification of uncertainties in the logic models and also included the treatment of external phenomena in the basic risk models.

Garrick was president of SRA in 1989-90 and was elected a Fellow in 1991. He is also a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society and the Institute for the Advancement of Engineering and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1993. He recently directed a NATO advanced research workshop in Budapest, Hungary, on the use of risk-based technologies for evaluating and applying disarmament strategies.

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