- Nuclear & Particle Physics
- Isotope Research & Production
- RIKEN BNL Research Center
Distinguished Senior Scientist, PHENIX, Physics Department
Craig Woody is a Distinguished Senior Physicist (RS-7) at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from John Hopkins University in 1973, 1974 and 1978, respectively. He carried out his Ph.D. thesis research in high energy particle physics at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, and after receiving his degree, he spent a year as a Research Associate at Stanford University. He joined Brookhaven Lab in 1979 where he has remained ever since and was awarded BNL’s Pinnacle Award for Science and Technology in 2021.
His interests are mainly in developing detectors for nuclear and particle physics and medical imaging. In the early 1980’s, he worked on building detectors and doing experiments at CERN, including R807 at the ISR and the Helios experiment at the SPS. He later returned to work on high energy and nuclear physics experiments at BNL where he worked on experiments at the AGS, including the Rare Kaon Decay Experiment E787 and Heavy Ion Experiments E814/E877, and was spokesperson for experiment E855. Starting in the 1990’s, he worked on the PHENIX experiment at RHIC where he helped to build the electromagnetic calorimeter and the Hadron Blind Detector. He then started working on the sPHENIX experiment where he was the project leader for building its new electromagnetic calorimeter, and is currently involved in developing new detectors for the Electron Ion Collider at BNL. He has also developed new detectors for medical imaging, including an awake animal PET detector (the RatCAP), and is currently involved in developing new detectors for Time of Flight PET. He also shares 3 US patents on the technology developed for the RatCAP
He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2002 for his world-recognized expertise in the performance and characterization of scintillating crystals, notably on the effects of radiation damage, and a Fellow of the IEEE in 2012 for his work on developing detectors for high energy and nuclear physics and medical imaging. He has also served in numerous capacities in the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society. He served as NPSS President from 2009-2010 and as an elected member of the NPSS Administrative Committee (AdCom) from 2006-2009 and again from 2018-2021. He served on the NPSS Radiation Instrumentation Technical Committee (RITC) from 2001-2003 and as RITC Chair from 2004-2006. He also served on the IEEE Technical Activities Board Awards and Recognition Committee (TABARC) from 2011-2016, and as TABARC Chair and a member of the IEEE Awards Board from 2014-2015. He was awarded the IEEE NPSS Richard F. Shea Distinguished Member Award in 2021. He has also served on numerous International Scientific Advisory Committees and conference organizing committees and received an Outstanding Mentor Award in 2009 for his mentoring of students in the Department of Energy’s Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) Program.