Portrait of SY Chen

S Y Chen

Strategic Area Manager
- Environmental Science

Dr. S.Y. Chen’s areas of specialty include radiation protection, environmental health risk, and nuclear accident analysis, with specific interest in nuclear waste transportation, environmental cleanup, and radioactive material and waste management.

Dr. Chen, a senior environmental engineer at Argonne, is a Council Member and serves on the Board (2004-2011) of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP), where he also serves as Scientific Vice President for Environmental Radiation and Radioactive Waste Issues.

He was appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board/Radiation Advisory Committee in 2009. He is a member of the Health Physics Society and of the American Nuclear Society. He is also a Certified Health Physicist sanctioned by the American Board of Health Physics.

Dr. Chen has previously served as Contamination Limits Section Chair for the American National Standards Institute/Health Physics Standards Committee and has also served as Chair of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Transportation Risk Assessment Working Group.

In his current capacity at Argonne, Dr. Chen has developed an integrated risk assessment program that addresses the broad-based risk issues that DOE and other federal agencies face. These issues include the transportation of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive wastes, cleanup of contaminated lands and environments, termination of licensed facilities, and development of a technical basis to support federal risk-based policies. His group at Argonne also developed several analytical codes that are commonly used in risk assessment, including the RISKIND Code for transportation risk analysis and RESRAD family of codes for environmental cleanup analysis.

Awards, Honors and Memberships

  • National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements
    2000 – present, member
    2005 – present, board member, scientific vice president on radiation, environment and waste issues
  • Health Physics Society, Member
    Certified Health Physicist (since 1990)
    Contamination Section Chair, Standards Committee (1993 – 1999)
  • American Nuclear Society, member
    Member, Awards and Honors Committee (2005 – 2007)