- Visiting Professor
Dr. Kaplan received his AB and MS in physics from New York University in 1964 and 1966, respectively. He then turned to environmental systems engineering, receiving his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1974. Since 1976 his primary full-time obligation has been as a scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory, where he has conducted research and project management in diverse areas as environmental impacts of energy technologies, radiological dose assessments of people exposed to fallout from nuclear bomb tests, development of technologies and sensors for ultra-low levels of radionuclides, disposal of high level radioactive wastes, acid rain impacts, groundwater models, and risk assessments. He is currently involved in providing technical assistance to materials control and accounting programs in countries of the former Soviet Union, where he is a frequent visitor, as well as providing consulting to BNLs Directorate on environmental, health, and safety issues.
Dr. Kaplan helped develop the SUSB masters program in environmental and waste management in the Department of Technology and Society, where he has taught principles of environmental systems analyses and numerical modeling since 1988. He has served as a masters thesis advisor to many students, is a member of Editorial Board, Journal of Environmental Systems, and belongs to the American Geophysical Union and the Health Physics Society (where he is a member of the Committee on Homeland Security). He is also an active member of BNLs Community Advisory Council and Peconic River and Graphite Reactor Working Groups, where he provides expertise in areas related to environmental remediation. Dr. Kaplan is also a founder and trustee of Friends of Brookhaven, a group seeking to improve the quality of life and science at BNL.
Dr. Kaplan has taught at Antioch Northeast Graduate School and Swarthmore College, and has worked for Argonne National Laboratory and the General Electric Company. He is a former chairperson of the Town of Brookhavens Conservation Advisory Council, and has served on professional committees of the Suffolk County Water Authority, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers, and the International Water Supply Association. He was also a member of a liaison committee for the U.S. Geological Surveys Long Island-New Jersey Coastal Drainage Study.
Dr. Kaplan has edited texts on Risk Assessment for Groundwater Pollution Control and Detection, Control, and Renovation of Contaminated Ground Water for the American Society of Civil Engineers, has contributed chapters on multiobjective reservoir optimization for Water Resources Publications, and has published more than 50 articles in professional and peer-reviewed journals.