United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Chairman Ivan Selin

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The biographies for all of the former Commissioners in this section are the official ones they used during their Commission terms.

On July 1, 1991, Ivan Selin became Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the federal agency responsible for regulating all safety and environmental aspects of the civilian use of atomic energy. Previously he was Under Secretary of State for Management from May 23, 1989 to June 30, 1991. In that capacity, he served as the principal adviser to the Secretary of State on all matters involving the allocation of State Department resources in support of the President's foreign policy objectives.

Prior to joining the State Department, Dr. Selin was the chairman of the board of American Management Systems, Inc., a computer systems, services, and consulting firm that he founded in 1970. In his nineteen years with the company, AMS grew into a publicly traded firm with revenues of $215 million per year, approximately the fifth largest independent firm in its industry in the United States. Dr. Selin's principal responsibilities with the firm concerned corporate strategy and management. His primary area of expertise was in comprehensive financial management systems and procedures with an emphasis on applications to the federal government and to energy.

From 1965 to 1970, Dr. Selin served in the office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Systems Analysis); he acted as the Assistant Secretary at the end of that period. In addition to substantive analysis of various defense force planning issues, he was responsible for a number of major reforms in the Department of Defense's force planning and financial management processes which allowed the Secretary of Defense to delegate many management responsibilities while improving his ability to monitor and control the results.

From 1960 to 1965, Dr. Selin was a research engineer at the RAND Corporation, where he divided his time between national security issues and publishable research in statistical communication theory.

Dr. Selin has served as chairman of the Military Economic Advisory Panel to the Director of Central Intelligence (1978-1989); member (1979-1989) and chairman (1988-1989) of the Board of Governors of the United Nations Association-USA; member of the Advisory Board on the USSR and Eastern Europe at the National Academy of Sciences (1986-88); and member of the Council on Foreign Relations (1979-present). He also has been extensively involved in activities directed against drug abuse.

In 1960, Dr. Selin received a Ph.D. from Yale University in electrical engineering (with distinction). In 1960-1961 he was a Fulbright Scholar and in 1962 he received a Dr. es Sciences degree from the University of Paris in mathematics (with highest honors). He speaks six languages and has traveled extensively.

June, 1991

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