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Noel Blackburn

Manager, University Relations and Dept. of Energy Programs, Office of Educational Programs, Stakeholders and Community Relations Office

Noel Blackburn

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Stakeholders and Community Relations Office
Bldg. 438, Room 16
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

(631) 344-2890

Preferred Gender Pronouns (PGPs): Him, He, His

Noel D. Blackburn is the Manager of University Relations and DOE Internship Programs in the Office of Educational Programs (OEP) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL).  Blackburn is responsible for designing, implementing and managing a $3.0M university internship program and workforce development research programs at the Lab for undergraduates, graduates, and faculty from national and international educational communities. He also creates access opportunities for underrepresented and underserved groups into BNL and the DOE enterprise with such programs as the Interdisciplinary Consortium for Research and Educational Access in Science and Engineering (InCREASE).  Blackburn has received funding for workforce development programs funded by the DOE Office of Science - Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists, U.S. Department of Education - Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program, the National Science Foundation – Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, the New York State College Science Technology Entry Program and a number of universities. His passion is training the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics professionals while trying to remove the closed “Glass Door” which hinders access for a well-qualified, less fortunate pool of intellectuals who are unable to stay ahead of the innovation curve. His philosophy is based on a simple quote – ‘rising tides raise all ships’.

Before his present position, Blackburn was an Educational Programs Administrator in OEP, a Project Engineer on the Peconic River Remediation Project and a Field Engineer on groundwater and soil remediation projects for the Brookhaven Lab Environmental Management Directorate.  Noel has served in various engineering positions at Bechtel International, Inc. on the Atlantic Liquid Natural Gas Plant project in Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies.  He also has served as an Adjunct Lecturer for the Physical, Environmental and Computer Science Department at Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, NY.  

Expertise | Education | Appointments | Publications | Awards


  • STEM Workforce Development
  • National and International STEM Collaborations
  • Inclusion, Diversity and Equity
  • Stakeholder Relations
  • Project Management
  • Proposal Writing
  • Grant Award Management


The City College of New York - CUNY, ME in Environmental Engineering, 1994

The City College of New York - CUNY, Masters of Engineering Citation, 1994

 The City College of New York - CUNY, BE in Civil Engineering, 1991

Professional Appointments

Manager, University Relations and DOE Internship Programs, BNL, 2012 - Present

Educational Programs Administrator, BNL, 2004 - 2011

Adjunct Lecturer, CUNY - Medgar Evers College, 2005 - 2007

Environmental Project Engineer, BNL, 2001 - 2004

Environmental Field Engineer, BNL, 1999 - 2001

Office/Environmental/Field Engineer, Bechtel International, Inc., 1997 - 1999

Member of the following Advisory Committees:

  • BNL Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Executive Council
  • ORISE Distinguished Scientist Advisory Board
  • Center for Interfacial Electrochemistry of Energy Materials External Advisory Board
  • Washington/Baltimore/Hampton Roads LSAMP Board of Governors
  • University of Puerto Rico LSAMP External Advisory Board

Selected Publications

  • Okwan P, Zhen Y, Feng H, Yoo S, Kambhampati MS, Walker A, Boykin S, Omojola J, Blackburn N (2020) Statistical Analysis of Nutrient Loads from the Mississippi-Atchafalaya River Basin (MARB) to the Gulf of Mexico. Environments 7:8. doi: 10.3390/environments7010008
  • Blake RA, Liou-Mark J, Blackburn N, Chan C, Yuen-Lau L (2015) Engaging Undergraduates in the New York City S-SAFE Internship Program: An Impetus to Raise Geoscience Awareness. Journal of Geoscience Education 63:176–184. doi: 10.5408/14-040.1
  • Sheppard E, Knotts C, Blackburn N (2013) INCREASE-ing Access to DOE Laboratory User Facilities. Synchrotron Radiation News 26:13–15. doi: 10.1080/08940886.2013.753774

Awards & Recognition

  • 2019 Diversity in Business Award, The Long Island Business News, 2019
  • Outstanding Service Awards, New York State - Association of Program Administrators for CSTEP and STEP (APACS), 2018
  • The Outstanding Commitment to the Black Male Initiative and Honors Scholars Program Award, CUNY – New York City College of Technology, 2014
  • Dean’s Award, CUNY – Medgar Evers College, 2014
  • The Brookhaven Award, Brookhaven National Laboratory, 2011
  • Outstanding Mentor Award, U.S. Department of Energy, 2010
  • National Role Model Award, Minority Access Inc., 2009
  • Brookhaven Spotlight Award, Brookhaven National Laboratory, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
Noel Blackburn

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Stakeholders and Community Relations Office
Bldg. 438, Room 16
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

(631) 344-2890

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