Mike Kivistik, CCHO

Mike Kivistik

Contact Information


  • M.S., Molecular Biology, Hood College, Frederick, MD, 1997
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Virginia, 1981

Professional Certifications and Memberships

  • Certified Chemical Hygiene Officer
  • American Biological Safety Association member since 1996

Professional Biography

Mike Kivistik has been with the University since 2001. He served as a Senior Laboratory Safety Specialist until 2015 and has a contract with the College of Engineering as a lecture professor for 49% FTE. He is instructing in chemical engineering labs and teaches a class on process safety. Previously, Mike was employed as a safety officer at the National Cancer Institute in Frederick Maryland for 12 years.

Research interests

  • Process safety and industrial accident analysis
  • Radioactive and nuclear waste containment and shipment

Relevant past experience

  • Research Compliance Manager and laboratory safety specialist in Environmental Health and Safety at University of Nevada, Reno since 2001
  • Radiation safety specialist at Science Applications International Corporation in Frederick, Md.
  • Process safety engineering office and synthetic peptide and oligonucleotide chemist at Program Resources Inc.
  • Petroleum engineering at Texaco in Midland, Texas and Atlantic Research Corporation in Alexandria, Va.

Courses Taught

  • ChE 441 and 442 Unit Operations I and II
  • ChE 102 Introduction to Chemical Engineering (Spring)
  • ChE 495 Special Projects (Design of Unit Operations Laboratory Experiments)
  • ChE 473/673 Process Safety (Fall)


  • Kivistik, Paul Michael; Bess, Julian W. Keimig, Scott D. Morin, Randall S. A Method for Radioactive Containment During Biological Inactivation of Radioactive Biomedical Mixed Waste, Journal of the American Biological Safety Association, Vol. 4, No. 2, 1999, pps.60-67.