Drew Rak

Drew Rak

Drew Rak

Areas of Expertise:
Science, chemical toxicity, medical countermeasures, public health, risk analysis, sustainability, chemical fate/transport, environmental regulations
 
Background:
As a toxicologist, Drew focuses on the adverse health effects from exposure to chemicals. This includes chemicals in the environment and chemical agents used as weapons. He uses both theory and practical applications to identify and mitigate risks from chemicals via multiple routes of exposure across the lifecycle.
 
Noblis Projects:

  • Development of new medical counter measures for chemical weapons
  • Destruction of obsolete chemical and conventional munitions (former project)
  • Department of Defense (DoD) Emerging Contaminants Program
  • Homeland Security Advance Research Projects Agency, Chem/Bio Defense Division (former project)

Education:
Bachelor's Degree, Environmental Science, Clark University
Master's Degree, Environmental Toxicology, Duke University

Certifications:
Project Management Professional (PMP)

Publications:

K. Scanlon, S. Lloyd, A. Rak, M. Bruckner. Characterizing life cycle occupational health and safety impacts for the Department of Defense and its Supply Chain. LCA XVI, September 27-29, 2016, Charleston, SC

Lloyd, S., A. Rak, and M. Bruckner.  Using the Defense Input-Output (DIO) Dataset to streamline LCA for the U.S. Department of Defense. LCA XVI, September 27-29, 2016, Charleston, SC 

Rak, A. Toxicology Related to the PFAS Emerging Contaminant Class. Tenth Intenration Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compoungs. Paml Springs, CA May 2016.

Rak, A., N. Bass, and C.M. Vogel. 2016. Screening-Level Hazard Analysis for Flame Retardants used by DoD. Toxicology and Risk Assessment Conference, Cincinnati, OH April 2016

Rak, A. and J. Shatkin. 2016. Developing DoD Policy and Guidance to Ensure an Evaluation of the Potential For Engineered Nano
Materials to Impact Environmental and Human-Health During the Acquisition Process. Toxicology and Risk Assessment Conference, Cincinnati, OH April 2016

Rak, A., N. Bass, and C.M. Vogel. 2016. Risk Mitigation Measures:  Replacement of Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) Containing Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS). Emerging Contaminants Summit, Denver CO March 2016

Rak, A., N. Bass, and C.M. Vogel. 2015. Phase I Impact Assessment Results for Flame Retardants. Society for Risk Analysis, Arlington, VA December 2015

Rak, A., N. Bass, and C.M. Vogel. 2014. Phase I Impact Assessment Results for Two Explosives: 2,4-Dinitroanisole (DNAN) and n-Nitrosodimethyamine (NDMA). Society for Risk Analysis, Denver, CO December 2014

Brown, Erica and Andrew Rak. "The Scan-Watch-Action Approach To Emerging Contaminants.Water Online, pp 38-39. March 2013.

Goldblum, D. K., M. Cora, and A. Rak. 2013. Assessing Ecological Risk from Mercury in Little Bay Estuary: A Study from Fort Totten in New York.  Environmental Quality Management, Fall 2013.

Gadagbui, B., J. Patterson, A. Rak, R. S. Kutzman, G. Reddy, and M. S. Johnson. 2012.  Development of a Relative Source Contribution Factor for Drinking Water Criteria: The Case of Hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX), Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal, 18:2, 338-354.

Underwood, P. and Rak, A. 2013.  New Chemicals and Materials: Incorporating Environmental and Human Health Impacts and Costs into the Defense Acquisition Process. Society for Risk Analysis, Baltimore, MD December 2013.

Rak, A., N. Bass, and C.M. Vogel. 2013.  Phase I Impact Assessment Results for 1-Bromopropane and 3-Nitro-1,2,4-triazol-5-one (NTO). Society for Risk Analysis, Baltimore, MD December 2013.

Bass, N., A. Rak, C. M. Vogel and K. Lanier. "Watching Nanomaterials: Process Adaptations for New Types of Emerging Contaminants." Society for Risk Analysis, San Francisco, CA. December 2012.

Rak, A., N. Bass, C. M. Vogel and K. Lanier. "Possible Impacts from Increased Regulatory Action for Decabromodiphenyl Ether on the Department of Defense." Society for Risk Analysis, San Francisco, CA. December 2012.

Rak, A., N. Bass, C. M. Vogel and K. Lanier. "Phase I Impact Assessment Results for Vanadium Pentoxide and Decabromodiphenyl Ethers." Society for Risk Analysis, San Francisco, CA. December 2012.

Rak, A. and C.M. Vogel. "Implementation of Risk Management Actions for Explosives: A Case Study for RDX."  Society for Risk Analysis, Charleston, SC. December 2011.

Bass, N., A. Rak and C.M. Vogel. " Phase I Impact Assessment Results for Diisocyanates and Phthalate Esters."  Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program / Environmental Security Technology Certification Program Partners in Environmental Technology Workshop, Washington, DC. December 2011.

Rak, A. Training on Strategic Material Selection: "What to Look for in a Chemical Ranking System." Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program / Environmental Security Technology Certification Program Partners in Environmental Technology Workshop, Washington, DC. December 2011.


Drew discusses how Noblis helped the DoD prepare their Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan.

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