January 25, 2001

Joseph P. Indusi Named Chair of Brookhaven Lab's Nonproliferation and National Security Department

UPTON, NY - Joseph P. Indusi has been appointed chair of the 
Nonproliferation and National Security Department (N&NS) at the U.S. 
Department of Energy¹s Brookhaven National Laboratory, effective 
January 1. He had been acting chair of N&NS since May 2000, when the 
new department was created.
N&NS's staff of 33, as well as about six staff members from other 
departments at Brookhaven Lab, help the Department of Energy and 
other government agencies to safeguard nuclear materials in the U.S. 
and throughout the world, including Russia, and prevent the 
proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological  weapons. The 
department has an annual budget of $26 million, of which $11 million 
is subcontracted to Russian nuclear facilities.
"We are entrusted with a job that is of utmost importance to the U.S. 
government, and we have a staff of experts who can do that job 
extremely well," Indusi said.
He added, 'A new initiative in our department will be to provide 
technical support to the Department of Energy in the area of 
anti-terrorism. The attack on the twin towers in New York City was 
the first major foreign terrorist incident directed against the U.S. 
on U.S. soil. We will be helping to safeguard U.S. facilities, 
particularly facilities in the Northeast, against such attack."
N&NS had its beginnings in the Technical Support Organization, 
established by the Atomic Energy Commission, the precursor to DOE, in 
1968. Brookhaven's N&NS has five major programs:
	* U.S.-Russian Security  In cooperation with Russian nuclear 
facilities, provide technical assistance  in promoting enhanced 
safeguards and security  systems for the protection and 
accountability of weapons-grade nuclear materials, such as uranium 
and plutonium.
	* Safeguards and Arms Control  Develop safeguards systems 
and arms control verification approaches and technology to stem the 
spread and reduce the danger from nuclear, chemical and biological 
weapons worldwide.
	* International Safeguards  Provide technical oversight of 
projects designed to strengthen the International Atomic Energy 
Agency¹s safeguards.
	* Environmental Threat Reduction - Address the environmental 
and proliferation concerns associated with the dismantlement of 
Russian nuclear submarines.
	*  Initiatives for Proliferation Prevention - Support 
nonproliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons by 
providing sustainable non-weapons related jobs to Russian weapons 
Indusi earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of 
Bridgeport in 1965, an M.S. in applied analysis from Stony Brook 
University (SBU) in 1969, and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics and 
statistics from SBU in 1971. After working as a systems consultant at 
Burndy Corporation in Norwalk, Connecticut, Indusi joined Brookhaven 
Lab in 1973, working as an assistant mathematician in its Technical 
Support Organization (TSO). In 1979, he moved to the Laboratory's 
Nuclear Waste Management Division as a mathematician, and, in 1980, 
returned to TSO. From 1986 to 2000, Indusi was Division Head of the 
Safeguards and Arms Control Division, and, in May 2000, he became 
acting chair of the department for which he now serves as chair.
The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory 
creates and operates major facilities available to university, 
industrial and government personnel for basic and applied research in
the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences, and in selected 
energy technologies. The Laboratory is operated by Brookhaven Science 
Associates, a not-for-profit research management company, under 
contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.
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NOTE TO LOCAL EDITORS: Joseph Indusi is a resident of Miller Place, NY.