University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health alumni Dr. William “Will” Pate, was appointed to the Texas Radiation Advisory Board (TRAB) and will remain in this position until the end of his term on April 16, 2023. Dr. Pate is one of 10 Texas professionals appointed to this board.
Dr. Pate received his Doctorate of Public Health in environmental and occupational health from UTHealth School of Public Health in 2016. He currently serves as the Radiation Safety Officer for the University of Texas (UT) Medical Branch at Galveston, holds the vice-chair of the UT System Radiation Safety Advisory Group and is a full-time instructor at Columbia Southern University.
TRAB members are the state’s advisors on all radiation issues. The board holds meetings to review the rules and guides and programs of the agencies that regulate radiation. Board members participate in hearings by providing expert testimony. They make recommendations about various issues and provide those to the agencies, the legislature and the governor. Board members also visit facilities in Texas to review pertinent radiation issues. The Legislature created TRAB in 1961. The governor appoints members who normally serve for a term of 6 years.