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News Release

Number: 03-61
Released: August 22, 2003
Contact: Mona S. Rowe, 631 344-5056
Writer: Jane Koropsak, 631 344-4909

Charles W. Schaefer Named Manager of Brookhaven Lab’s Radiological Control Division

Upton, NY – Charles W. Schaefer has been named manager of the Radiological Control Division at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory. Schaefer is a certified health physicist - a scientist who specializes in radiological protection - with 17 years of experience in health physics-related fields.

Brookhaven formed the Radiological Control Division in 1999 to improve and raise the prominence of the Laboratory's radiological control programs. As head of the division, Schaefer is responsible for controlling, preventing and limiting exposure to radiation on the Laboratory's 5,300-acre site.

Says Schaefer, “Brookhaven is internationally recognized as a center of scientific excellence, and we need to insure that we maintain that same level of quality in all of our operations. While we continue to meet the required standards, I will work hard to make Brookhaven a model of excellence in the area of radiological protection.”

Schaefer earned a B.S. in Physics and Astronomy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and an M.S. in Health Physics from the University of Florida. From 1986 to 1991, Schaefer supervised the operation of a Navy submarine pressurized water reactor. Between 1991 and 1993 he worked as a radiochemical analyst for Environmental Physics, Inc. of Charleston, South Carolina. Schaefer joined Brookhaven National Laboratory in 1994 as a Research Associate, and, in 1995 became a Technical Supervisor. In 2001 Schaefer was promoted to Manager of the Facilities Support Section. Now, as the new Manager of the Radiological Control Division, he will supervise a staff of 85 professional, technical and administrative staff with a budget of about 9 million dollars.