Roger M. Cooke

Senior Fellow

Roger Cooke is a Senior Fellow at CDDEP and a Chauncey Starr Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF).  Cooke joined RFF in September 2005 as the first appointee to the Chauncey Starr Chair in Risk Analysis. His research has widely influenced risk assessment methodology, particularly in the areas of expert judgment and uncertainty analysis.He is recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on mathematical modeling of risk and uncertainty. His recent research has encompassed health risks from oil fires in Kuwait following the first Gulf War, chemical weapons disposal, nuclear risk, nitrogen oxide emissions, and microbiological risk. His current research interests include structured expert judgment methodologies and uncertainty analysis, and his work focuses on the implementation of uncertainty analysis in policy-related decision making.  
Prior to joining RFF and CDDEP, Cooke was professor of applied decision theory atthe Department of Mathematics at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. He was on the faculty at Delft for more than 25 years and while there launched a Risk and Environmental Modeling master's program. (Selected publications by Cooke are available for download from the Delft University of Technology website.)
Cooke has served as a consultant to the Japanese government on disposalof abandoned World War II chemical weapons in China and to the SwedishNuclear Inspectorate on reliability of piping in nuclear power plants. He also has consulted with the Dutch National Aeronautics Laboratory, the Dutch Gasunie, the Dutch Institute for Public Health and Milieu, Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the German VGB Powertech Central Databank.