Kushner was chosen by the Commissioners to fill the position that is rotated annually. Barbara Hackman Franklin was Vice Chairman during the Commission's first year as an independent Federal regulatory agency.
Kushner, 49, holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry. He was Deputy Director of the National Bureau of Standards prior to his appointment to the Commission on May 13, 1973.
Kushner was associated with the National Bureau of Standards since 1949 and also served as Chief of the Metallurgy Division and as Director of the NBS Institute for Applied Technology where he supervised programs concerned with flammable fabrics, building research and auto safety.
Kushner has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards. In 1968, he was awarded the Commerce Department Gold Medal for his outstanding research and research management. In 1973, he received the American National Standards Institute Meritorious Service Award and was elected to Honorary Membership in the American Society for Testing and Materials.
Kushner is the author of many scientific articles and is a frequent lecturer on product safety.
He and his wife, Shirley Gayle Brown, reside in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He has two children.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products has contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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