Steven Coleman Named Manager of Brookhaven Lab's Radiological Control Division

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Steven Coleman

UPTON, NY — Steven A. Coleman has been named manager of the Radiological Control Division at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. Coleman has been the division’s interim manager since September 2008, when his predecessor, Charles Schaefer, joined the Laboratory’s Office of Deputy Director for Operations.

With an annual budget of $7.45 million and 50 employees, Brookhaven’s Radiological Control Division is responsible for controlling, preventing, and limiting exposure to radiation on the Laboratory’s 5,300-acre site.

The Laboratory formerly operated three small nuclear reactors for research in a range of fields, from materials science to medicine. The last operating reactor was closed in 2000. Brookhaven still conducts research involving radiological materials, including the use of radiotracers for medical imaging in research.

“Although the Laboratory’s research reactors are no longer in service, they require continuous monitoring, and we have numerous areas of ongoing scientific radiological research that must be monitored on site as well,” Coleman said. “I’m currently identifying the most efficient ways to deploy our division’s resources to make sure that we comply with all radiological requirements, while supporting the Laboratory’s world-class scientific research.”

Coleman served in the U.S. Navy from 1984 to 1990, and during the last four years of service, he was a nuclear reactor operator aboard the submarine U.S. Atlanta. He joined Brookhaven Lab in 1991 as a nuclear reactor operator trainee, and, in 1995, he earned a B.S. in engineering science from the State University of New York Regents College. He subsequently earned an M.S. in energy management from the New York Institute of Technology in 1998, and another M.S. in project management from George Washington University in 2002. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Phoenix, and he expects to earn a Ph.D. in organizational leadership in 2010.

At Brookhaven, after initially becoming a nuclear operator at the Laboratory’s High Flux Beam Reactor, Coleman held positions of increasing responsibility, including facilities operations and support project engineer, operations manager for the Waste Management Division, and project manager for the Integrated Safety Management Program. Coleman is a certified energy manager, a certified hazardous materials manager, a certified associate safety professional, and a certified project management professional. He is a member of the Long Island American Nuclear Society, the Institute of Hazardous Materials Managers, and the Project Management Institute.

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