P. Andrew Karam
Andrew Karam is a scientist, author, and an expert in radiation safety, nuclear energy, and radiological security. Born in Akron Ohio, he attended Ohio State University for two years, earning only mediocre grades. Realizing that he needed more direction and self-discipline, he left school to join the Navy, enlisting in the Nuclear Power Program. In the next 2 years, Karam learned to be a nuclear-grade mechanic, mastering the theory behind nuclear propulsion as well as learning how to operate these complex machines. Finishing in the top few percent of his class, he was asked to stay on as an instructor, teaching for another two years and developing a love of teaching that has never left him. This was followed by additional training and then a tour on the aging fast attack sub, the USS Plunger - his book Rig Ship for Ultra Quiet takes you into the Plunger on her last "special operation" at the tail end of the Cold War. Leaving the Navy as a decorated veteran, Karam was ready to return to school - in the next decade he earned degrees in Geological Sciences (BA and MS) and Environmental Science (PhD) while he was working full-time as a radiation safety professional. Since completing his doctorate in 2001 Karam has worked as a professor, a consultant, and made several trips overseas on behalf of the International Atomic Energy Agency; as well as traveling to Japan to provide assistance in the aftermath of the tsunami and reactor accident at the Fukushima Dai'ichi nuclear reactor facility. He currently works on matters related to radiological terrorism and emergency response.