Associate Laboratory Director for Nuclear and Particle Physics

by Sam Aronson

The following announcement was made to all employees on May 14, 2007:

I am pleased to announce that, after an extensive search and interview process, Steve Vigdor has agreed to join the Laboratory as our next Associate Laboratory Director for Nuclear and Particle Physics. Steve is presently at Indiana University, where he formerly was Chair and presently is Chair-elect for the Physics Department. I expect that he will be assuming the ALD-NPP role in September after he completes a number of commitments he has at the University. Peter Bond will continue to act as ALD for NPP until Steve joins BNL, and then will assist Steve during a transition period.

Steve is no stranger to the national laboratory system and, more specifically, he is not a stranger to Brookhaven. He's conducted research at Los Alamos, Argonne, and Lawrence Berkeley laboratories. he's worked on the STAR experiment and served as its Deputy Spokesperson from 2002 through 2005. In addition, he was a principal author on the STAR White Paper that reviewed the first three years of RHIC heavy-ion research results and assessed evidence for the Quark-Gluon Plasma.

Steve is widely respected in the physics community and has served on all six Nuclear Science Advisory committee Long Range Plan Working Groups. He also was a member of the Nuclear Physics Panel for the National Academy of Sciences Physics Survey in 1983-84 and 1996-99. He's been a member of the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee, the Tribble Panel on the Implementation of the Long Range Plan in 2005, and has been a member or chair of numerous national advisory and review committees in nuclear science. Steve is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and has served on the APS Division of Nuclear Physics Executive Committee.

Steve received his B.S. in Physics from the City College of New York and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has co-authored more than 130 published papers and presented more than 60 invited talks at national and international conferences and workshops.

I am looking forward to Steve assuming this key leadership role in September and ask that you join me in welcoming him to our Laboratory.