Director, Risk Science Center, University of Michigan

Andrew Maynard directs the University of Michigan Risk Science Center. His research and expertise covers the responsible development and use of emerging technologies, innovative approaches to addressing emergent risks, communicating about science and risk to diverse audiences. He has worked extensively in the field of nanotechnology, and was one of the early leaders of the US National Nanotechnology Initiative. His work also extends to other areas of emerging technology such as synthetic biology and geoengineering, although he is particularly interested in innovation trends that don't fall into neat categories.

Maynard writes and speaks widely on technology innovation, and has testified before congressional committees on a number of occasions. He's also served on National Academy panels and is co-chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Nanotechnology. As a Professor of Environmental Health Science, Maynard teaches Risk Assessment, Science Communication, and Environmental Health Policy. He also teaches Entrepreneurial Ethics, as part of the University of Michigan Master of Entrepreneurship program.

More broadly, Maynard is active in exploring new approaches to science and risk communication, and is the creator of the YouTube channel Risk Bites.


  • 2010–present
    Director, U-M Risk Science Center
  • –present
    Professor of Environmental Health Science, University of Michigan
  • 2005–2010
    Chief Science Advisor, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


  • 1993 
    University of Cambridge, UK, PhD Physics
  • 1987 
    University of Birmingham, UK, BSc (Hons) Physics


  • 2014
    Old materials, new challenges?, Nature Nanotechnology 9(9): 658-659
  • 2014
    Nanotechnology: Rhetoric, risk and regulation, Science and Public Policy 41(1): 1-14
  • 2014
    Could we 3D print an artificial mind?, Nature Nanotechnology 9(12): 955-956
  • 2014
    The psychology of 'regrettable substitutions': examining consumer judgements of Bisphenol A and its alternatives, Health Risk & Society 16(7-8): 649-666
  • 2014
    Is novelty overrated?, Nature Nanotechnology 9(6): 409-410
  • 2014
    A decade of uncertainty, Nature Nanotechnology 9(3): 159-160
  • 2013
    Nanotechnology — early lessons from early warnings, Late lessons from early warnings: science, precaution, innovation, European Environment Agency: 562 - 591