Our Scientific and Engineering Services Center provides technical support in various areas of science and engineering. Much like our other centers, SESC operates with a small in-house staff and relies upon a large number of associates in academia and industry to provide services to our clients.
SCIENTIFIC AND ENGINEERING SERVICES CENTER
The Center provides a wide range of cervices to our clients. The following examples include areas that in the past SESC has provided extensive services to a wide range of clients:
Mathematical Modeling: Services covered under this category include: 1) mathematical modeling of physical, chemical, and biological systems; 2) parameters estimation and models discrimination; 3) computer simulation; and 4) software development.
Statistical Analysis: RSI competency in this area consists of statistical analysis for applications, ranging from epidemiology and toxicology to public policy of atmospheric and water pollution. This includes statistical hypotheses testing; discriminant and cluster analysis; time-series analysis and forecast; fractal analysis; and neural networks.
Regulatory Assessment: The competency of RSI staff and its numerous consultants focus on environmental regulations including hazardous, radioactive, and mixed wastes. The staff has demonstrated competency in identification and mitigation of institutional waste management. The approach used by RSI in regulatory assessment is to apply science and technology to optimize: 1) the operation and 2) the cost of compliance with relevant regulations. In addition, RSI staff evaluates the health and ecological impact of various decisions focusing on legal and regulatory impacts of national and state-level policy initiatives. This analysis includes the application of a mix of qualitative and quantitative techniques.
Environmental Health and Safety: RSI provides support services in virtually all aspects of environmental health and safety (EHS), including operational environmental protection; occupational safety and health; and related activities.
The RSI associates were instrumental in establishing an EHS program at two major universities. The approach consisted of the development of an EHS Handbook in modular form. The Handbook included Policies consisting of a brief description of requirements to be followed and Guides, which described how to comply with policies. This approach is applicable to any institution where an EHS program is needed.
In addition, we at RSI have developed a unique process to perform R&D and provide support services in areas where there is limited in-house competency. Typically, in addressing a specific issue several steps are taken:
- Formation of a Planning Committee with the participation of sponsor to oversee the project
- Convening a workshop with the participation of knowledgeable individuals to address the subject
- Assessment the results of the workshop by the RSI staff under the direction of the Planning Committee
- Preparation of a report resulting from the workshop containing the response to the sponsor's request.