Welcome to the third issue of discover Brookhaven, a magazine dedicated to exploring and explaining the scientific research and discoveries made at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Introducing Our New Laboratory Director
Beginning before he became Laboratory Director on April 1st, Praveen Chaudhari has been mapping the terrain of Brookhaven National Laboratory. In preparation for charting Brookhaven’s future course, the new Director is getting to know the lay of the laboratory, by surveying our people, gauging our personalities, and appraising our relationships with our internal and external communities.
These communities are many and varied. They include our biggest customer, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as well as the other federal and state agencies for which we work. Within the Lab, we have communities of scientific and support staff, and facility-users and other guest researchers. Outside our geographical boundaries are our immediate Long Island neighbors; the elected and appointed officials of the county, state, and nation; and the local, national, and international media reporting upon us.
In noting our coordinates, the new Director is not only learning his way around our campus-like site, with its address-free, numbered buildings and facilities, and its 5,300 acres of scrub oak and pitch pine. But, more importantly, Chaudhari is also finding out what inroads we have made over our 50-plus years, where we stand in the field nowadays, and what frontiers we have the ability and motivation to challenge in the future.
In the process, we are learning what expectations the Laboratory’s seventh Director has for us, individually and collectively as members of this dynamic scientific institution. So far, the one theme articulated by Chaudhari that is resonating within many of our 2,900 scientific and support staff is this: We are one Laboratory, united in our effort to advance scientific understanding and technological solutions for the good of the nation and the world.
“It is clear to me that this national laboratory plays a vital role in the world of science,” says Chaudhari. “But only by working as one can we further strengthen and expand our science programs, to become and be perceived as the best value for the money invested in any national laboratory.” For instance, by employing the research abilities that cut across Brookhaven’s scientific departments in a coordinated fashion, we can use Laboratory-wide skills to find answers to the even more probing questions in science, as well as to develop technical solutions to the nation and world’s ever more difficult problems.
A distinguished scientist and proven research and laboratory-operations
manager with a 36-year career at IBM, Praveen Chaudhari was selected as
Laboratory Director by Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA). Chaudhari also
serves a President of BSA, the company founded by Stony Brook University
and Battelle Memorial Institute which has been managing and operating
Brookhaven since 1997 for DOE’s Office of Science (OS). As OS Director
Raymond Orbach noted about the appointment: “Dr. Chaudhari’s scientific
leadership and international breadth of experience will shape Brookhaven’s
future, so this is a great choice for the Laboratory, its local community,
and the nation.”