Assistant Professor, College of Aeronautics; Associate Program Chair, MS in Occupational Safety Management
Department of Graduate Studies
Worldwide College of Aeronautics
Worldwide campus

Dr. Keith Earnshaw is the Founder and President of Earnshaw Environmental, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in radiation protection, environmental compliance and safety management, and emergency preparedness. For the past thirty-six years, he has worked in national laboratories, industry, state government, and environmental consulting firms. He has also supported the Department of Homeland Security for fifteen years in the technical evaluation of emergency drills at U.S. nuclear power stations. As Licensing Director for an international waste management firm, he was responsible for the planning and direction of a $120 million site characterization study and the preparation of two 10,000-page license applications, environmental reports, and permits as required by the National Environmental Policy Act for the North Carolina Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility. Dr. Earnshaw also served as the General Manager of a 50-person geophysics consulting firm, responsible for project management, corporate strategy, and marketing development. Dr. Earnshaw recently founded the nonprofit organization, Coastal Giving, Inc., which seeks to serve Wounded Warrior families and families with children who have life-threatening medical conditions. Its primary goals lie in organizing and aiding concerned coastal vacation homeowners in their donation of week-long, restful getaways to these deserving families.


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Bionucleonics, Purdue University System : Purdue University

For the past several years, Dr. Earnshaw has been a professor with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, N.C. State University, and the University of California at Berkeley. Here, he has taught courses in environmental science, toxicology and industrial hygiene, human anatomy and physiology, and terrorism and emergency preparedness.

While working at the Knolls Atomic Power National Laboratory, Dr. Earnshaw was asked to serve as a radiation expert in an undersea mission to locate a sunken nuclear submarine, the Thresher, and to perform environmental monitoring and analysis in the wreckage area. Studies in the area were completed using the deep underwater submersible vehicle, Alvin, which allowed scientists to dive to a depth of 2 ½ miles and collect soil, water, and fish samples on the ocean floor.


Registered Consultant No. S000436 - North Carolina Radiation Protection Section

Groundwater Protection Professionals of North Carolina

American Health Physics Society

North Carolina Health Physics Society


2009 Spirit of Inquiry Award - The John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy
1999 Facilitator of the Year Award - North Carolina Wesleyan College

1999 International Facilitator of the Year Award - Regis University