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Dr. Richard Meserve is senior of counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of Covington and Burling, LLP. He is also the president emeritus of the Carnegie Institution for Science and former chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In addition to serving as co-chair of NEAC, he formerly served as a member of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board.

Dr. Meserve is actively involved in the recovery from the Fukushima accident as an executive adviser to the Japanese Nuclear Risk Research Center and as an international adviser to the Japanese Nuclear Regulatory Authority.

Early in his career, Dr. Meserve served as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun and as legal counsel to the President’s Science Adviser.

Photo of Dr. Richard Meserve (NEAC Co-Chair), Senior of Counsel, Covington & Burling, LLP.

Dr. Meserve is the former president of the Board of Overseers of Harvard University and chairman of the International Nuclear Safety Group (chartered by the International Atomic Energy Agency). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a former member of its council. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of its Council and Trust.  He is a Fellow the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of the American Philosophical Society, and a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  

Dr. Meserve also serves on the board of directors of PG&E Corp., TriAlpha Energy Co., and the Kavli Foundation, and as a trustee of the Carnegie Institution for Science.   

Dr. Meserve earned his Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford University and holds a juris doctorate degree from Harvard Law School.