With an annual budget of over $70 million and 170 employees, the Global and Regional Solutions directorate includes Brookhaven Lab’s Energy Sciences and Technology Department, Nonproliferation and National Security Department, and the Office of Technology Commercialization and Partnerships. The goal of the new directorate is to increase Brookhaven’s strength in applied science and engineering, especially in the areas of energy and national security and the Laboratory’s impact through the deployment of technology.
Gerald Stokes earned a B.A. in physics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1969, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of Chicago in 1971 and 1977, respectively. He joined Battelle at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) as a postdoctoral fellow in 1976.
Stokes was the founding Director of the Joint Global Change Research Institute, a collaborative effort between PNNL and the University of Maryland, and he headed that facility from 2000 – 2005. He also served as the Associate Laboratory Director of the Environmental and Health Science Division, the basic research division of PNNL, and held a variety of other scientific and management positions during his 30-year tenure at PNNL. In the 1990s, he created the PNNL Global Studies Program and served as the Chief Scientist of DOE’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program from 1990-1998.
In 2007, Stokes became President and CEO of Battelle-Japan, a joint venture of Battelle Memorial Institute and the Mitsubishi Corporation. From 2005 until joining Brookhaven, he was also the Senior Advisor on Energy and Laboratory Management for Battelle International Partnerships.
Stokes’ research accomplishments include work in energy, climate and design of large-scale field-research facilities. He has served on several National Academy of Sciences panels on science education, including the panel that wrote the National Science Education Standards. He is a member of Sigma Xi and the American Geophysical Union and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.