Mailed 2/28/97


Upton, NY -- Edward Murphy has been named manager of Brookhaven National Laboratory's Plant Engineering Division. Mr. Murphy has been deputy manager of the division since 1991, and, in his new position, he succeeds J. Bruce Medaris, who has become Brookhaven's senior advisor for facilities management.

Mr. Murphy will oversee approximately 370 employees who share one goal: to meet Brookhaven's needs for engineering, design, construction, operation, maintenance and repair of the physical plant, utilities systems and grounds. The Laboratory has about 350 buildings and other structures on its 5,300-acre site.

Murphy commented, "Plant Engineering has some challenging projects ahead, including adapting the Lab's infrastructure to meet the needs of our newest particle accelerator now under construction, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), among other new scientific facilities; meeting the Lab's energy needs in a changing regulatory environment; providing cost-effective services to our customers; and maintaining and replacing our existing infrastructure, since some of our buildings are 50 years old or more."

A licensed professional engineer, Edward Murphy holds two degrees from the New York Institute of Technology: a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in energy management. Mr. Murphy joined Brookhaven Lab in 1979, as a facilities engineer, and in 1980, he became BNL's energy manager, as well as project manager for construction of the Lab's central chilled water facility, which provides energy for air-conditioning and cooling Brookhaven's major facilities.

In 1989, Mr. Murphy was named manager of Brookhaven's project coordination group, overseeing $40-million worth of on-site construction, including parts of RHIC and a small accelerator known as the Booster, a radiation therapy facility and a hazardous waste management facility.

After becoming Plant Engineering' s deputy manager, Mr. Murphy also served for ten months in 1993-94 as acting manager for the Brookhaven Office of Environmental Restoration, which is in charge of the Lab's Superfund cleanup. In 1995, he won the Brookhaven Award, the Laboratory's award for employees who have provided outstanding on-the-job service in positions that support its scientific mission.

Brookhaven National Laboratory carries out basic and applied research in physical, biomedical and environmental sciences and in selected energy technologies. Associated Universities, Inc., a nonprofit research management organization, operates the Laboratory under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.


NOTE TO LOCAL EDITORS: Edward Murphy is a resident of Bayport, Long Island.