Richard Bornhorst

richard bornhorst


Richard specializes in the development of innovative solutions and system approaches for managing transportation risk with FACTOR clients. He also specializes in multi-modal hazardous materials transportation safety and regulatory compliance.

Richard has over 17 years of transportation and government experience and, before joining the FACTOR, he served as a Division Manager within the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Hazardous Material Safety, leading a team of frontline managers and staff.  In this role, he was responsible for directing data collection and analysis of hazardous materials transportation and oversight data; design, development, and implementation of automated tools, applications, and processes to support operations; safety risk management and analysis; voluntary compliance and data sharing programs; and inspector training programs.  He also was directly responsible for the development of new strategies for integrating Safety Management System (SMS) into existing work processes and implemented an internal audit program.

Prior to the FAA, Richard served as a lead Chemical Engineer within the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Design and Engineering Standards and led development of transportation safety standards and regulations and managed the special permits and competent authority approval review program.  He served as an expert in chemical classification and compatibility, transport and packaging, stowage and segregation, and environmental regulation with an overall mission objective to enhance the safe transportation of packaged hazardous materials and solid bulk cargoes by vessel and barge.  Mr. Bornhorst has represented U.S. interests at the International Maritime Organization, International Civil Aviation Organization, and the U.N. Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and led various international working groups related to transportation safety.  He has served in numerous leadership roles throughout his career supporting freight transportation research and transportation safety, domestically and internationally.  He is a featured writer for the Journal of Hazmat Transportation and is widely considered an expert on many freight transportation subjects.

Richard is chair of the Transportation Research Board’s AT000 Freight Systems Group (2019-present) and a member of the Technical Activities Council (TAC). He previously served as chair of the AT040 Standing Committee on Transportation of Hazardous Materials (2013-2019), participated as liaison in the Hazardous Materials Cooperative Research Program (2006-2018), and has contributed to numerous transportation research projects over his career.

Richard is also a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM).


M.S. in Systems Engineering, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Ohio University, Athens, OH


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