Robert W. Powitz holds a Masters in Public Health, with a specialty in institutional practice, and a PhD in environmental health from the University of Minnesota. He is currently a Forensic Sanitarian in private practice, a contract instructor with NSF International and serves as part-time Health Director for three small rural towns in rural Connecticut. He is licensed and registered as a Sanitarian in several states.
For more than twelve years, he was the Director of Environmental Health and Safety at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan; where he continues to hold the academic rank of Adjunct Associate Professor in the College of Engineering. He also served as Biological Safety Officer for the United States Department of Agriculture.
Powitz was co-author of Tools for Environmental Health, a regular column on portable instrumentation that appeared in the National Environmental Health Association's Journal of Environmental Health. He is currently Contributing Editor with Food Safety Magazine and writes regularly appearing columns in American Jails and Corrections Managers' Report.
Among his honors, Powitz was the recipient of the Walter F. Snyder, Davis Calvin Wagner and Harry R.H. Nicholas Awards. He is a Diplomate Laureate and past Chairman in the American Academy of Sanitarians. He holds Diplomate status with the American Board of Forensic Examiners; where he is also certified in Homeland Security.