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Terrence Pierson, PhD

Terrence Pierson, PhD

Adjunct Professor
Environment Sciences and Engineering

Terrence Pierson is senior vice president of RTI’s Environmental and Health Sciences (EHS) Unit. In this capacity, Dr. Pierson is responsible for the strategic direction of the unit, development of new programs and initiatives, and globalization of RTI’s environmental and health research and services. He is also responsible for fostering collaboration with other RTI research units and for financial performance and quality of work performed within the EHS Unit, which consists of four divisions and two centers. These divisions and centers are as follows: Environmental Engineering and Economics, Water and Ecosystems Management, Sustainable Business Solutions, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Health and Environmental Modeling, and International Programs. The EHS Unit’s multidisciplinary staff of economists, engineers, environmental and public health scientists, epidemiologists, and biostatisticians conduct research and provide technical assistance in support of environmental and health programs. This program support includes air quality management, global climate change policies, water resource management, ecosystem services, waste management, and exposure and risk assessment. This program support also includes remediation solutions, energy policy and programs, environmental management systems, clinical research network coordination, global health programs, environmental health, epidemiology studies, and maternal and child health research. He also has a leadership role with RTI’s executive team in corporate strategic planning and implementation with regards to RTI’s programs in climate change, water, waste, and sustainability. He serves as the responsible executive for RTI’s offices in Beijing, China and Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Dr. Pierson has more than 25 years of experience in environmental and public health research and policy analysis. He has been providing policy and risk assessment support to government and commercial clients for hazardous waste, Superfund, air toxics, and indoor air programs. This program support includes the evaluation of health and ecological effects, the development and application of innovative risk assessment methods and mathematical models, and the development of risk and exposure assessment training courses and communication materials. He has also provided technical support in decision making regarding regulations, remediation activities, and Reports to Congress.

Practice Activities

- Risk Analysis
- Hazardous Waste
- Air Toxics
- Indoor Air
- Pollution Prevention


PhD, Environmental Policy and Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

MRP, Environmental Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

BS, Psychology and Biological Sciences, Ohio State University

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