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News Release

Number: 03-81
Released: November 12, 2003
Contact: Diane Greenberg, 631 344-2347 or Mona S. Rowe, 631 344-5056

Thomas Schlagel Named Director of Brookhaven Lab’s Information Technology Division

Upton, NY – Thomas Schlagel has been named Director of the Information Technology Division (ITD) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, effective September 29, 2003.

Brookhaven’s ITD has an annual budget of about $15 million and 106 employees, including 80 Brookhaven Lab employees and 26 contractors from DecisionOne, an information technology support company headquartered in Frazer, Pennsylvania. ITD supports the scientific research and advanced technology initiatives of the Laboratory by providing a reliable and secure infrastructure for scientific and business computing.

“I am happy to be back at Brookhaven in this new role,” said Schlagel, who had left the Laboratory to work in private industry in 2000. “There have been a number of positive changes at ITD since I left, and I plan on continuing to move us forward. My goals are to make sure that ITD is properly aligned to support existing scientific programs and to make sure that we are planning appropriate changes to our infrastructure to support and help attract new science initiatives.”

Schlagel earned a B.A. in physics from Carleton College in 1984, and an M.S. in physics and a Ph.D. in theoretical nuclear physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1985 and 1990, respectively. He joined Brookhaven as a research associate in the Physics Department in 1990, and, in 1993, he left the Laboratory to become a research associate in the Physics Department at Stony Brook University. In 1994, he returned to the Laboratory, working as a computer analyst, and, in 1999, he was promoted to Manager of Scientific Computing Support for Brookhaven.

In 2000, Schlagel took on the position of Director of Systems for Jupiter Media Metrix in Melville, Long Island, a global Internet ratings company that categorizes and ranks Web sites. In 2002, Schlagel became a senior systems integration specialist at Perot Systems Corporation, which manages information technology for the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, a position he held until he came back to Brookhaven.