RAM TRAC Corporation



ABCEP Board Certified Environmental Assessor

Chairperson, ABCEP Certification Review Board

Elected Life Member, New York Academy of Sciences

Admitted Member, American Industrial Hygiene Association

Admitted Member, International Union of Toxicology

Admitted Member, American College of Toxicology

Admitted Member, Society for Risk Analysis

Admitted Member, Society of Toxicology

Recipient of the Kramer Medal:

As RAM TRAC President, Dr. Michaels consults in toxicology and health risk assessment to many types of clients, from public interest organizations to major corporations, such as to companies in the energy, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, insurance, and hospital sectors; as well as to trade associations, municipalities, regulatory agencies, product manufacturers, engineering firms, and law firms, including (recently) the Office of the New York State Attorney General.  Dr. Michaels has earned credibility within the public interest sector, for example as former Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) toxicologist, and within the business sector, for example as consultant to companies such as FMC, GE, and Monsanto, trade associations such as The National Coal Association, and The Fertilizer Institute; and the U. S. Military (for example involving clean-up of an Army firing range connected with closure of the Plattsburgh Air Force Base in New York).  Dr. Michaels recently concluded seven years of work as Plaintiffs’ toxicologist in a major (hundreds of plaintiffs) case against the duPont de Nemours Company involving contamination from World War II-era explosives testing at its Pompton Lakes, New Jersey facility.

A recent (2004) recipient of the Kramer Medal for excellence in his field, Dr. Michaels has published extensively on airborne, waterborne, and soilborne hazards; health risks, risk management, and policy.  He has extensive experience in projects of diverse types.  Dr. Michaels also has teaching experience, most recently accepting an invitation to join the Adjunct Faculty of Sage College, where he taught Energy and the Environment for the Physics Department and Environmental Biology for the Biology Department.

A recognized scientist in the U. S. and internationally, Dr. Michaels was appointed to a three-year term on the Editorial Board of the journal Environmental Practice (Cambridge University Press, UK), and previously had served on the Editorial Board of Environmental Engineering and Policy (Springer-Verlag, Germany).  He also has served as technical project director for many projects, including assessments of chemical exposure pathways, industrial sites, and other environments (such as a petroleum storage ‘tank farm’); evaluating toxic hazards (for example, petroleum hydrocarbon vapors), peer review, permit acquisition, and litigation support.  Corporation and non-corporation clients often call upon him to evaluate citizen or public agency concerns about controversial facilities or proposed facilities, such as incinerators, landfills, power plants, mines, or industrial plants; or exposures to substances, such as pesticides, PCBs, dioxins, airborne particles or gases (such as benzene), and soil or groundwater contaminants (such as pesticides, metals, and organics).  The U. S. EPA invited Dr. Michaels to join a team of experts available for consultation to its Science Advisory Board (SAB) including its Clean Air Science Advisory Committee and its Homeland Security Advisory Committee.

Dr. Michaels has received many invitations, appointments, and service requests from agencies of the Federal Government (such as the U. S. Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and U. S. Army) as well as governments of states (including California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New York, and Rhode Island), professional societies (such as The New York Academy of Sciences and National Association of Environmental Professionals), trade associations (such as The Fertilizer Institute, the National Coal Association, International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration, and American Institute of Architects), academic institutions, conference organizers, and radio and television stations (most recently, WAMC Northeast Public Radio).  Dr. Michaels has published numerous professional articles and given congressional testimony, by congressional invitation.  He attended the US National Laboratories' and US EPA’s Tech Transfer 2000 Conference on the Big Island of Hawaii as an invited speaker.  Dr. Michaels’ experience has spanned numerous issues in risk assessment, for example the following:

--airborne gases and bioaerosols, including molds,

--ammonia and other 'war gases',

--benzene and leukemia causation,

--carbon monoxide poisoning,

--chip fabrication and nanotechnology,

--chlorine releases and emergency response,

--dioxins, including garbage, hazardous/medical

        waste incineration,

--electromagnetic fields and cell phone towers,

--emergency planning and response,

--energy:  biodiesel, ‘clean coal’, municipal refuse,

        natural gas, oil;

--formaldehyde, cigarette smoking, and ‘secondhand smoke’,

--homeland security, land mines, (bio)terrorism risks,

--military bases, landmines, and base closings;

--occupational safety and risks,

--PCBs and dredging the Hudson River,

--numerous metals and pesticides,

--petrochemicals and organic solvents,

--sewage and other biological risks,

Formerly a toxicology consultant to the U. S. Congress and the California Governor, Dr. Michaels has for over a decade served the Academy of Board Certified Environmental Professionals (ABCEP) as Certification Review Board Chairperson, the National Association of Environmental Professionals as a Member of the Board of Directors, and the National Fire Protection Association International as Secretary of its Committee on Classification and Properties of Hazardous Chemicals, which is engaged in revising guidelines for response to industrial emergencies.  Dr. Michaels also has served on the American Institute of Architects Committee to Revise Health Care Facility Construction Guidelines, the New York State Scientific Review Group, and on New York's Comparative Risk Project in the Human Health Work Group.  Dr. Michaels is a former long-time Chairperson of the State of Maine Scientific Advisory Panel.  He is Board Certified by ABCEP in Environmental Assessment (accredited by CESB, the Council on Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards), and has been a Registered Environmental Assessor in California.  Dr. Michaels received his doctorate from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1979, was admitted as a Member of the American College of Toxicology, Member of the Society of Toxicology and, in 1986, was elected as a Life Member of the New York Academy of Sciences.