Brookhaven Awards

Brookhaven Awards are given to recognize key contributors in support functions whose performance and achievements represent outstanding service to the Laboratory.

Carter Biggs, Senior Technical Associate, Physics Department

Carter Biggs

Carter Biggs is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to the design, construction and continuous improvement of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider’s (RHIC) PHENIX detector gas facility.

This facility mixes and distributes nearly $200,000 worth of research-grade gas per year, operates nearly autonomously 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during RHIC runs, and has maintained an uptime of essentially 100 percent for over a decade. The different gas systems in the facility are tuned precisely to the very specific needs of each detector subsystem to provide optimum performance. The operation of the gas facility is maintained by a sophisticated array of mechanical active control components driven by a computerized monitoring and feedback system.

Biggs is responsible for all of these components. The addition of new detector subsystems to enhance the scientific capability of PHENIX invariably calls for unique and creative solutions for the gas facility. Biggs has consistently risen to the task and assured that each and every new subsystem meets and even exceeds its design goal.


Nelson Cause, Business Operations Manager II, Business Operations Directorate

Nelson Cause

Nelson Cause has been a dedicated and valued employee of the Facilities and Operations Directorate for more than 20 years. His expertise in obtaining, analyzing and presenting data in ever evolving and improving ways is an asset to all of BNL. He served as the first intern to the now Deputy Director for Operations, mentored many students and employees, developed innovative rate development processes and designed user-friendly reporting for the F&O Directorate.

Cause was an essential contributor to the Leadership Action Plan/Blueprint Project Team for the implementation of the Integrated Facility Management model or IFM effort. He was also responsible for implementing an Earned Value Management System (EVMS) reporting process within the Facilities and Operations Directorate. He received high accolades from DOE and public recognition from the Interdisciplinary Science Building Project Manager as an important contributor to the quality of its project status reporting. Quality and continuous improvement underly all of Cause’s efforts and BNL is lucky to have him.


William Dorsch, Section Manager for Environmental Services, Environmental Protection Division

William Dorsch

William Dorsch is the manager of the Groundwater Protection Group and is recognized for his extensive work in managing the BNL groundwater and soil clean-up programs over the past 15 years. He has played a key role in characterizing the extent of surface and groundwater contamination, improving understanding of the local hydrogeology and installing and operating 16 groundwater treatment systems. Annually, these systems treat approximately 1.5 billion gallons of water.

Dorsch has taken a lead role in the planned transition of the groundwater restoration program from DOE’s Office of Environmental Management to the Office of Science and has recently assumed responsibilities for the long-term surveillance and maintenance of the decommissioned HFBR and Brookhaven Graphite Research Reactor facilities.

Finally, Dorsch has been an on-going supporter of the Community Advisory Council. He and his staff provide frequent, in-depth, accurate and transparent communications detailing the status of the BNL groundwater and soil clean-up program. His knowledge and understanding of community perspectives has been vital to how stakeholders view the Lab and its operations.


Sheryl Golden, Division Administrative Manager, Environmental Restoration Projects (retired May 1, 2012)

Sheryl Golden

Sheryl Golden first came to BNL in 1977 working for Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI), as an assistant auditor. She served with AUI’s Internal Audit staff and was known for performing her work quickly and efficiently. In 1982, she joined the administrative ranks in the Reactor Division. She stayed at the High Flux Beam Reactor through its operation and shutdown in the late 1990s. During this very difficult time for the program and the Lab, she was part of the team that oversaw the closeout of the Reactor program.

Golden joined the Office of Management Services in 2000 and ultimately joined Environmental Restoration Projects in 2003, working on the Brookhaven Graphite Research Reactor project until this year. Sheryl also supported the Earned Value System development for ISB, ARRA projects, claim support and other high profile activities that require detailed analysis and are subject to customer and public scrutiny. Her professionalism and willingness to help others across the Lab are Sheryl’s trademarks, as are the number of friends and colleagues that respect and appreciate her camaraderie and sense of humor.

In recognition of her dedication and accomplishments, we present Sheryl Golden with the Brookhaven Award.


David Pate, Project Engineer II, Collider Accelerator Department

David Pate

Over his 25 years of employment at BNL, David Pate has been consistently recognized for his exceptional job performance, dedication and contributions to the various projects he has worked on, as well as for his community involvement.

Pate started at the Alternating Gradient Synchrotron (AGS) neutral beam development group and then moved on to the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) project in 1988. His career has always been focused on accelerator physics. He contributed to improving the AGS accelerator performance and building the RHIC collider. He stayed for one year at the European particle physics laboratory, CERN, in Switzerland, to work on the ATLAS detector, then returned to the Lab to work on the Electron Recovery Linac upgrade and research and development projects related to RHIC.

Pate’s knowledgeable, dedicated work and initiatives have been invaluable to BNL’s achievements in accelerators.