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Michael “Mick” Apted’s experience has focused on applied geochemistry and material studies related to global geochemical cycles, including reactive-transport processes, spectroscopic analysis of geologic materials, thermodynamic phase equilibria studies, and modeling and confirmatory testing of integrated systems for waste disposal. He is an expert in planning, managing, and conducting risk and safety assessments related to nuclear waste management. His particular research focus has been on the performance of engineered barrier systems (EBS) and relevant testing of engineered barriers and nuclear waste forms under relevant repository environmental conditions. He has managed national and international waste management programs with budgets ranging up to $1.5 million per year for national agencies responsible for the management of nuclear waste, regulatory agencies, and commercial and utility-related organizations. He has consulted for the US, Finnish, Swedish, Canadian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, German, French, UK, and Swiss national programs investigating the implementation and regulation of nuclear-waste disposal. Mick has also been a consultant for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on used fuel disposal and disposal of spent medical sources, as well as conducting courses related to EBS. He has authored over 150 papers and is co-author of the book The Scientific and Regulatory Basis for the Geological Disposal of Radioactive Wastes (John Wiley & Sons, 1995) and co-editor and contributing author of Geological Repository Systems for Safe Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuels and Radioactive Wastes (Woodhead Publishing, 2010).