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October 17, 2000

William Horak Named Chair of Brookhaven Lab's
Energy Sciences &Technology Department

UPTON, NY - William Horak has been appointed chair of the Energy Sciences & Technology Department (EST) at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, effective September 15. Horak had been acting chair of ES&T since March 1, when the new department was created.

With a staff of 150 and an annual budget of $50 million, EST is closely aligned with the goals and objectives of the Department of Energy. The formation of the new department demonstrates Brookhaven's strong commitment to energy sciences.

EST's mission is to conduct basic and applied research in energy sciences and develop technologies to:

EST also provides energy sciences and technology support for state organizations in the northeastern U.S. and industrial organizations throughout the nation.

Horak explained, "The Laboratory is combining all areas of energy research into one department - EST. Previously, several departments were involved with various types of energy research, from nuclear to advanced battery research and heating technology. EST is a regional resource for energy sciences in the Northeast."

He added that the integration of Brookhaven1s organizations, experts, and facilities in energy sciences with organizations working on energy technologies allows EST to perform work more effectively and to pursue projects that benefit from this synergism. Horak is looking forward to the consolidation of his staff, now located in 15 buildings around the Laboratory's 5,300-acre site, into a new energy sciences building, currently in the planning stage.

Horak has a B.S. in aeronautical and astronautical engineering, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois. He is an internationally recognized expert on energy issues and has served on numerous boards, committees, and panels, both in the U.S. and for international organizations, such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. 

Since coming to Brookhaven in 1979, Horak has had a lead role in the Department of Energy's activities in response to the Chernobyl accident, including evaluations of Soviet-designed facilities. He has implemented and managed numerous programs in nuclear safety, international safeguards, and energy-system development. Horak has received numerous commendations, including the American Nuclear Society's Mark Mills Award and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Special Achievement Certificate.

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.

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NOTE TO LOCAL EDITORS: William Horak is a resident of Quogue, NY.