B. John Garrick MS ’62, PhD ’68
President & CEO (Retired)
B. John Garrick is an international authority on the development and application of the risk sciences to quantify the risk of catastrophic events of natural and engineered systems for the protection of society and the environment. His accomplishments were founded on his Ph.D. thesis in 1968 on unified systems safety analysis that contributed to a general theory of probabilistic risk assessment, generally referred to as quantitative risk assessment (QRA).
He created the first consulting firm of scientists and engineers totally dedicated to the development and application of QRA to both engineered and natural threats.
Garrick was appointed to the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board as Chairman in 2004 by President George W. Bush and reappointed by President Barack Obama in 2008. He served 10 years as a member or chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Advisory Committee on Nuclear Waste.
Garrick’s honors include election to National Academy of Engineering, Society for Risk Analysis’ Distinguished Achievement Award, and 2013 UCLA Engineering Alumnus of the Year Award.
He has been a member or chair of 25 different National Research Council committees, including the National Academies’ Board on Radioactive Waste Management, and the Commission on Geosciences, Environment, and Resources. He was vice chair and had the technical lead of the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Lessons Learned from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident for Improving Safety and Security of U.S. Nuclear Plants and chairman of its subpanel on probabilistic risk assessment.
He is a member of the first class of lifetime national associates of the National Academies, and a fellow of the American Nuclear Society, the Society for Risk Analysis, and the Institute for the Advancement of Engineering. He is also a past president of the Society for Risk Analysis.
Garrick is a Distinguished Adjunct Professor at UCLA Engineering. He is the founder and major donor for UCLA’s Institute for the Risk Sciences, which is named in his honor.
Garrick has served on several government agency and national laboratory ad hoc and standing advisory committees. His book, “Quantifying and Controlling Catastrophic Risks” Academic Press (Elsevier) 2008 provides a standard for the meaning of quantitative risk assessment. He has published more than 250 papers and authored several book chapters.
Garrick received his Ph.D. and M.S. from UCLA and his B.S. from Brigham Young University. He also attended the Oak Ridge School of Reactor Technology. He is a registered professional engineer in California.