Associate Lab Director, Environment, Safety and Health
Overseeing 90 employees and an annual budget of $40 million, Steve Coleman is responsible for environmental protection and occupational safety and health at the Laboratory's 5,300-acre site, ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local regulations that protect the Laboratory's 2,500 employees, the public, and the environment. Coleman oversees work in the Environmental Protection Division, the Radiological Control Division, and the Safety & Health Services Division, along with the Lab’s environmental cleanup and stewardship program.
From 2015-present, Coleman was Deputy ALD for ES&H, ensuring operational requirements, processes, and support activities met management expectations for conducting work, enhancing safety culture, and achieving the Lab’s mission. From March 2018-present, Coleman also served as manager of the Safety and Health Services Division, where he provided leadership in the development, maintenance, and performance of worker safety and health and facility safety management systems and their associated services, functions, and processes. During his time at Brookhaven, Coleman has also been manager of the Radiological Control Division, manager of the Integrated Safety Management Program, waste operations manager, Facilities Operations & Support Project Engineer, and High Flux Beam Reactor operator.
Coleman served in the U.S. Navy from 1984 to 1990, and during the last four years of his service was a nuclear reactor operator aboard the submarine USS Atlanta. He joined Brookhaven Lab in 1991 as a nuclear reactor operator trainee.
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, another M.S. in project management from George Washington University in 2004, and a Ph.D. in organizational leadership from the University of Phoenix in 2011.
Coleman is a member of the American Nuclear Society, the Institute of Hazardous Materials Managers, the American Society of Safety Engineers, and the Project Management Institute.
Coleman has won multiple awards and honors, including the Brookhaven Award and the U.S. Navy Achievement Medal. He is a certified safety professional, a certified energy manager, a certified hazardous materials manager, and a certified project management professional.