November 17, 1999
UPTON, NY - Teresa Fryberger has been named Associate Laboratory Director for Applied Science and Technology at Brookhaven National Laboratory. A national leader in the environmental sciences, Fryberger comes from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), where she was Senior Deputy Director of the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory. Both PNNL and Brookhaven are U.S. Department of Energy laboratories.
With a staff of 322 and a budget of almost $97 million, Brookhaven's Applied Science & Technology (AS&T) Directorate encompasses the Department of Applied Science, the Department of Advanced Technology and the Office of Economic Development and Technology Transfer. In her new position, Fryberger oversees a diverse portfolio of basic and applied research. For example, the work includes such projects as aerosol chemistry and how it relates to global warming and air pollution; basic research in materials science and electrochemistry that may eventually lead to low-cost, more efficient batteries for motor vehicles; and safeguarding weapons-usable nuclear materials in Russia. While Brookhaven maintains a strong basic research program, the technology transfer program works to transform suitable Brookhaven research into commercially successful products or processes.
Fryberger hopes to strengthen AS&T's role as a national leader in research related to three key areas: the environment, energy and national security. Explaining the steps that she plans to fulfill her vision, she said, "We need to build on our primary research areas to span a broad range, from basic research to engineering. When a project is suitable for commercialization, we can then transfer it to the private sector to create a marketable product. Secondly, we need to make the best use of our superb experimental facilities, such as the National Synchrotron Light Source. Finally, we will enhance our contribution to the northeast region through our applied science programs. For example, we will continue to conduct research in support of our site cleanup, and we will put our expertise in national security to work on domestic security issues."
Teresa Fryberger earned a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Oklahoma in 1978, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Northwestern University in 1982 and 1986 respectively. She was a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) from 1986-88, and she continued on at NIST as a staff chemist. In 1990, she became an associate editor at the journal Science, and, in 1991, she joined the Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management as a program manager. In that capacity, Fryberger was in charge of a research and development program addressing chemical separations and processing needs for radioactive waste treatment and environmental restoration in the defense waste complex. She joined PNNL in 1996 as Deputy Director at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory.
The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory creates and operates major facilities available to university, industrial and government personnel for basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences, and in selected energy technologies. The Laboratory is operated by Brookhaven Science Associates, a not-for-profit research management company, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.
NOTE TO LOCAL EDITORS: Teresa Fryberger is resident of Setauket,