Bates oversees a budget of over $103 million and approximately 520 employees at Brookhaven Lab. Bates is responsible for the following: Energy & Utilities Division; Facility Operations Center; Laboratory Protection Division; Modernization Project Office; Site Resources Division; Staff Services Division; F&O Business Operations Group; F&O Environment, Safety, Health, Training & Quality Group; and Integrated Facility Management.
Bates earned a B.S. in nuclear engineering from Mississippi State University in 1975 and did graduate work in nuclear engineering at the University of Tennessee. He has over 30 years of experience in DOE contractor work at Oak Ridge facilities.
During his last four years at ORNL, Bates led the division that was responsible for the Laboratory's $300-million infrastructure modernization program. Under this program, over a million square feet of new facilities were constructed, thereby lowering the average age of ORNL facilities from 45 to 35 years. Building the new facilities enabled the consolidation of over 1,200 staff back on campus from off-site locations. Bates also served as the Executive Vice President of University of Tennessee-Battelle Development Corporation, the not-for-profit corporation established to facilitate private-sector investment in the ORNL modernization program.
Bates has been honored with many awards, including the American Academy of Environmental Engineers Superior Achievement Award in 1998, the Lockheed Martin Energy Systems Management Achievement Award in 1990 and 1998, and the ORNL Small Business Advocate Award in 2005 and 2007.