Sheldon Reaven

  • Associate Professor
  • Graduate Program Director
  • Director of Environmental and Waste Management Concentration


  • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California, 1975
  • B.A., Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 1969

Previous Appointments:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

Past and Present Research Interests:
Industrial, institutional, and municipal waste management, pollution prevention, and environmental regulatory compliance.
Recycling and waste minimization (various materials, products, and businesses)
Environmental comparisons of materials and products (e.g., plastic vs. wood lumber)
Risk, energy, and environmental life-cycle analysis
Integrated environmental design
Assessment of new environmental and energy technologies
Radioactive waste management and nuclear power safety
Diagnosis of scientific, methodological, and policy disputes concerning all the above topics and concerning major environmental controversies generally
History and philosophy of science, technology, and society; technology assessment; environmental education and science literacy.

Support by Funding Agencies:
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Department of Energy
National Science Foundation
Suffolk County, New York
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Environmental Testing Laboratory, Inc.

Different Courses Taught:
Undergraduate: Energy, Environment, and People; Technology Assessment; Science, Values, and Society; History of Modern Technology; Twentieth Century Physics; National Energy Policy; Orientation to Engineering; Science, Technology and the Modern World; Philosophy of Science; Conceptual History of Science; Logic; Understanding Scientific Reasoning; Human Nature and Values

Graduate: Waste Management Systems and Principles; Industrial and Institutional Waste Management; Diagnosis of Environmental Disputes; Pollution Prevention; Methods of Technological Decision Making; Systems Approach to Man-Machine Interactions; Conceptual Foundations of Energy Policy; Probabilistic Risk Assessment and Nuclear Power Safety Issues; Theoretical an Mathematical Ecology; Ethical and Social Issues in Ecology; Scientific Revolution and Change; Philosophy of Science; Energy Policy

Honors and Awards:
National Board, Risk and Policy Association

20 Journal articles
5 Conference papers
10 Books/Book chapters
Executive Editor, 1 journal

Research Facilities:
Use various field and laboratory environmental and materials testing and demonstration facilities