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Brookhaven Science Associates Awarded Brookhaven Lab Management Contract

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Battelle/Stony Brook University partnership retains contract it has held since 1998

From left, Doon Gibbs, BSA President and Brookhaven Lab Director; Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., BSA Board Chair and President of Stony Brook University; and, Ronald Townsend, BSA Board Co-chair and Executive Vice President of Global Laboratory Operations for Battelle.

UPTON AND STONY BROOK, NY, AND COLUMBUS, OH 11/12/14Brookhaven Science Associates, LLC (BSA) has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to continue managing and operating Brookhaven National Laboratory under a new five-year base contract. Established as a partnership between Battelle and Stony Brook University, BSA has managed Brookhaven Lab since 1998.

“Brookhaven National Laboratory is a prestigious research institution that is helping to drive the future of science and technology in New York,” Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said. “The selection of Brookhaven Science Associates to continue operating the Lab underscores the fundamental role they play not just in Long Island’s economy, but throughout our world in fields ranging from medicine to renewable energy. New York State and Stony Brook University have been long-time partners with the Lab, and I look forward to seeing that partnership continue to support the best and brightest minds around in the years ahead.”

The new  contract begins on Jan. 5, 2015, and has a base term of five years, with up to 15 additional years that can be earned through award-term incentives.

“This is an excellent day for Stony Brook University, Battelle, and for every one of the 2,850 employees at Brookhaven Lab, and we should all take a moment to celebrate this outstanding accomplishment,” said BSA Board Chair and Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. “The renewal of this contract demonstrates the DOE’s confidence in our strong scientific leadership as well as our vision for the future of the Laboratory that will fulfill the DOE’s expectations for transformational science.

“We are excited by this opportunity to continue the Lab’s trajectory as a national and international research leader; to streamline operations and business management; to continue the safety and accountability of Lab employees; and, to continue the positive community relations built upon communication, transparency and trust. The collaborations and discoveries that have taken place over the past 16 years are a testament to what we have accomplished together and the potential for what we can continue to accomplish is even greater.”

Working together as BSA, Battelle and Stony Brook have successfully managed Brookhaven Lab for the past 16 years, overseeing the start of operations and significant scientific achievements at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider; the construction of major research facilities including the Center for Functional Nanomaterials and National Synchrotron Light Source II; remarkable advances in areas including superconductivity, catalysis, and biofuels; and development of a strong and growing partnership with New York State on science and technology initiatives.

“We’ve put in place a consummate management team and developed an exceptionally strong proposal, so we are excited to have the opportunity to build on our past successes—from discovering the ‘perfect’ liquid to building the world’s most advanced synchrotron light source,” said Ron Townsend, BSA Board Co-chair and Executive Vice President of Global Laboratory Operations for Battelle. “We are committed to the future of Brookhaven National Laboratory as both a world-leading scientific organization and as a source of technology innovation benefitting our region, our nation, and our world.”

With extensive core research capabilities and a rich history of scientific breakthroughs that includes seven Nobel Prizes, Brookhaven National Laboratory advances the mission of DOE’s Office of Science through the study of nuclear and particle physics to gain a deeper understanding of matter, energy, space, and time; photon sciences and nanomaterials research to address energy problems of critical importance to the nation; and cross-disciplinary research to understand the relationship between climate change, sustainable energy, and Earth’s ecosystems. The Lab’s annual budget of approximately $650 million supports 2,850 full-time employees and the operation of world-leading research facilities used by more than 4,000 visiting researchers each year.

“We’re delighted to have been chosen to lead Brookhaven Lab into its next phase of scientific achievement, and deeply appreciate the Department of Energy’s confidence in BSA going forward,” said Doon Gibbs, BSA president and Brookhaven Lab Director. “We’ve come a long way as a Laboratory during the past 16 years and believe BSA has an exciting, compelling vision for the next 20. We very much look forward to working with the Department of Energy; Stony Brook and Battelle; the core BSA universities, including Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton and Yale; the State of New York; our regional partners; and our thousands of employees and visiting researchers to make that vision a reality.”

Both of BSA’s partner organizations are deeply invested in Brookhaven lab’s current and future success. Stony Brook University is a major user of Brookhaven lab facilities, and those facilities and the Laboratory’s scientific staff are essential to the vitality of the university’s intellectual life and to the impact of many of its research programs. These programs are strengthened by 23 joint Brookhaven/Stony Brook appointments; joint initiatives, including the Center for Accelerator Science and Education and the energy-focused Center for Mesoscale Transport Properties; and joint research endeavors in areas ranging from nuclear physics to nanoscience.

As the world’s largest nonprofit research organization and manager or co-manager of five DOE national laboratories, Battelle offers management systems and tools designed specifically for research. Its presence at Brookhaven Lab also enables Battelle to continue to advance its founding purpose: “Science in service to humanity;” and to enhance the research partnership between Battelle and Brookhaven in major programs ranging from global climate research to nanoscience.

Six of the world’s premier research universities—Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton and Yale—are engaged with BSA in the governance and oversight of the Laboratory. The affiliated research universities offer world-leading experts as well as additional opportunities for research partnerships, joint appointments, and other forms of collaboration.


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Supporting quotes:

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher:

“Today’s announcement from the U.S. Department of Energy that BSA — a partnership between Stony Brook University and Battelle — will continue managing and operating Brookhaven National Laboratory is a tremendous win for the State University of New York, Long Island, and all of New York State. The Lab’s internationally renowned researchers and facilities are driving innovation, discovery, and economic activity. By extending SUNY’s partnership with the Lab, Stony Brook University students will have unprecedented access to internships and job training in cutting-edge fields. Our faculty can continue to collaborate with top scientists and pursue research in highly specialized laboratories on the most advanced equipment in the world. Congratulations to President Stanley, BSA, and the entire leadership team at Stony Brook University on this outstanding achievement.”

Senator Chuck Schumer:

“BSA’s management of the world-renowned Brookhaven National Laboratory has been lab-tested and approved, and I applaud the Department of Energy for making the right choice to award this contract to BSA. Under the leadership of Stony Brook University and Battelle Memorial Institute, BSA took the reins of the Lab’s management when the Lab itself was under the microscope, and have since delivered world-class science and managed massive upgrades and construction of facilities including the National Synchrotron Light Source II, the Center for Functional Nanomaterials and the Interdisciplinary Science Building.  I am proud to have worked over the years to keep Brookhaven National Laboratory strong and to create a bond with Stony Brook, so that this continues to be a job-creating innovation hub for Long Island, New York and the whole country.” 

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand:

“This is great news for Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory.  I am pleased that the Department of Energy recognized that for the past 16 years, Brookhaven Science Associates, which is a partnership between Stony Brook University and Battelle, has successfully managed Brookhaven National Laboratory and has trusted in them to continue to lead the laboratory in world class research and technology development. As the largest on-site employer on Long Island, this announcement is also great news for the thousands of Long Islanders employed by the university and the Lab, and will help to continue the university’s work with Brookhaven National Laboratory to advance cutting-edge research and create local jobs in the region.”

Congressman Tim Bishop:

“Over the years, I have had the good fortune to get to know the BSA management team, as well as many of the hardworking researchers at BNL and Stony Brook University. I am glad that the Department of Energy has selected BSA to lead BNL.  BSA’s management team knows the lab, the researchers and the region in a way that will help the Lab to grow and benefit Long Island’s economy.”

Congressman-Elect Lee Zeldin:

“I applaud today’s decision by the US Department of Energy to continue Brookhaven Lab’s management by Stony Brook University and Battelle Memorial Institute.  Working together, Brookhaven Lab and Stony Brook make Long Island a global research center that attracts the best and brightest researchers and faculty from around the world while creating high-paying jobs and educating tomorrow’s scientists.  I look forward to working with both institutions and wish all continued success.”

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle:

“I congratulate Stony Brook University and Battelle on the Department of Energy’s renewal of Brookhaven Science Associates.   The synergy that has developed with the joint appointments of SBU faculty and researchers has resulted in world-renowned discoveries, while providing hands-on educational opportunities for the next generation of scientists. By extending this agreement, the thousands of BNL and Stony Brook researchers and employees will be able to continue their exemplary findings today, and in the future.”

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone:

“Congratulations to both Stony Brook University and Battelle Memorial Institute for making BNL the success it is today and for winning the continued confidence of the Department of Energy. Both Stony Brook University and BNL are two of Suffolk County’s largest employers providing job opportunities throughout a myriad of professions which continue to support Suffolk County’s economy.  What is good for Stony Brook University and BNL is good for Suffolk County through the creation of tens of thousands of jobs.”

Town of Brookhaven Supervisor Edward P. Romaine:

“Brookhaven Town is the proud home of two of the finest research institutions in the world – Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory.   I am delighted that the US Department of Energy recognized BSA’s lab management success and I join with them in the confidence that BSA and the thousands of BNL employees will continue to deliver discoveries that will forever impact the world.”

About Brookhaven Science Associates

Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) was established for the sole purpose of managing and operating Brookhaven National Laboratory. Formed as a 50-50 partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York (SUNY) on behalf of Stony Brook University, BSA is the legal entity responsible for leading Brookhaven Lab successfully through the 21st century. BSA also engages six of the world’s premier research universities—Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton, and Yale—in the governance and oversight of the Laboratory.

About Battelle

Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries. For more information, visit 

About Stony Brook University

Part of the State University of New York system, Stony Brook University encompasses 200 buildings on 1,450 acres. Since welcoming its first incoming class in 1957, the University has grown tremendously, now with more than 24,500 students, nearly 3,000 faculty and 20 NCAA Division I athletic programs. Its membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 40 public universities in the nation and Kiplinger named it the 29th best value in public colleges for in-state students and 20th for out-of-state students. One of four University Center campuses in the SUNY system, Stony Brook University co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, putting it in an elite group of universities that run federal research and development laboratories. As the largest single-site employer on Long Island, Stony Brook is a driving force of the regional economy, with an annual economic impact of $4.65 billion, generating nearly 60,000 jobs, and accounts for nearly 4% of all economic activity in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and roughly 7.5 percent of total jobs in Suffolk County.

About Brookhaven National Laboratory

One of ten national laboratories overseen and primarily funded by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Brookhaven National Laboratory conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies and national security. Brookhaven Lab also builds and operates major scientific facilities available to university, industry and government researchers. Brookhaven is operated and managed for DOE’s Office of Science by Brookhaven Science Associates, a limited-liability company founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, the largest academic user of Laboratory facilities, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.

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