Upton, NY - Ted Daniels has been appointed head of the Computing and Communications Division (CCD) at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, effective October 1. Mr. Daniels joined Brookhaven in 1967 as a technician in the Applied Mathematics Department and rose through the ranks to become acting head of CCD in June 1995. At that time, his predecessor, Mark Wiesenberg, left the Laboratory for a position in California.
CCD has a staff of 75 who operate the Laboratory's computing facility and the communications networks that are vital to its scientists and support staff, including both the telephone system and the data communications network.
Mr. Daniels said, "CCD strives to provide the very best computing tools and services to Brookhaven scientists, engineers and administrators, so that they are better prepared to carry out the Laboratory's mission. CCD professionals are actively participating in the scientific environment so that they may better understand the problems of our scientists, and offer solutions."
Ted Daniels holds a B.S. in management from Saint Joseph's College in Patchogue, New York. Before coming to Brookhaven, he worked in data communications at Bell Telephone Laboratories.
During Daniels' term as acting head, CCD installed a new Lab-wide digital telephone system with over 5,000 connections. Also installed was a major upgrade to the Laboratory's computer network and a network management system that allows CCD's experts to pinpoint potential problems before they occur. Another popular new service is an Internet connection between the Laboratory and the homes of nearly 1,000 of its 3,200 employees, used on a time-shared basis.
CCD also recently designed a "visualization theater," which provides scientists with unique 3-D images of data on a large screen. This "virtual reality" view of real objects is used, on a demonstration basis, for such projects as determining the depth of brain tumors, finding small pools of oil trapped in porous rock, and looking at protein structures.
Brookhaven National Laboratory carries out basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences and in selected energy technologies. Brookhaven is operated by Associated Universities, Inc., a nonprofit research management organization, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.