Edward Wilds, Jr.
Dr. Wilds has headed the Division since 1998 and has primary responsibility for protecting public safety, public health and the environment against ionizing radiation by establishing policies and practices for state control of the manufacture, use, and transportation of radioactive materials. These duties include radiological emergency response, planning for the safe disposal of radioactive waste, monitoring the decommissioning of nuclear facilities, inspection of facilities using ionizing radiation, as well as managing the enforcement of Connecticut laws and regulations. Dr Wilds also represents the State of Connecticut's interest in federal and state regulatory hearing. Dr. Wilds' background includes 20 years of hands on technical and management experience in regulatory enforcement, experimental nuclear physics, and operational radiation safety. Prior to 1998, Dr. Wilds served 10 years as an Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard as an Afloat Engineering Officer, Commercial Vessel Marine Inspector, and Physics Instructor at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and 10 years as Radiation Safety Manager at the University of Connecticut in a management position overseeing the radiation safety staff and operations responsible for 3 NRC Licenses. Dr. Wilds earned a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Physical Science from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Physics from the University of Connecticut specializing in experimental nuclear physics.
Governor Rell appointed Dr. Wilds as Connecticut’s State Liaison Officer, Connecticut’s representative on the Council of State Governments - Eastern Regional Conference Northeast High-Level Radioactive Waste Transportation Taskforce, and as Alternate Compact Commissioner to the Atlantic Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact. Dr. Wilds also serves on Connecticut Nuclear Energy Advisory Council, Three Rivers Community-Technical College's Nuclear Advisory Committee, Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering’s Nuclear Power Study Committee, and Advisor to the Conference of Radiation Control Program Director's E-37 Naval Nuclear Propulsion Committee. Dr. Wilds past service includes Chairman of the Conference of Radiation Control Program Director's E-37 Naval Nuclear Propulsion Committee, Co-Chair of the Council of State Governments - Eastern Regional Conference Northeast High-Level Radioactive Waste Transportation Taskforce, US Department of Energy's Transportation External Coordination Working Group’s Consolidated Grant, Security, and Tribal Issues Topic Groups, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner's representative on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Hazardous Waste Management Service, International Atomic Energy Agency Consultant for Ethiopia’s Radiological Safety - National Strategies Mission; National Academy of Sciences’ “Committee to Assess Federal and State Guidelines for the Distribution and Administration of Potassium Iodide in the Event of a Nuclear Incident”, and State of Connecticut KI Working Group. In addition to the above, Dr. Wilds served on Connecticut's Low-Level Radioactive Waste Advisory Committee, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission's National KI Core Working Group, Low Level Waste Forum, and Working Group for the Center for Strategic and International Studies report on "The Regulatory Process for Nuclear Power Reactors."