Ralph Andersen is the senior director of radiation safety & environmental protection at the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) in Washington, DC. He represents the nuclear energy industry to the Congress, the Administration, federal agencies, and other national and international organizations on management and environmental protection. Prior to joining NEI in 1992, Mr. Andersen worked for 20 years in radiation protection in the areas of nuclear energy, research, education, and medicine. During that time, he has held such positions as radiation protection manager at the Fermi 2 nuclear power plant, director of safety assessment and environmental protection for the Detroit Edison Company, radiation safety officer and lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astrophysics at the university of Colorado, and principal researcher and associate radiation safety officer at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Mr. Andersen is a certified as a health physicist by the American Board of Health Physics and is a U.S. delegate to the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA). He received his B.A. degree from the University of Maryland and has completed graduate studies in the Department of Radiation Biology and Radiology at Colorado State University.