Stony Brook University alumnus Jean Clifford (Cliff) Brutus ’11, ’12, an engineer at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), has a cool job — literally. He’s developing components to keep particle beams circulating in the lab’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) cool.
Brutus’ journey to that chill position is recounted in a profile on the BNL website, where he tells how he has navigated a path that begin with working on go-karts as a teenager in Haiti to getting a STEM scholarship and then an internship at BNL as part of its Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program.
Brutus received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and returned to Stony Brook for his master’s in 2012 before going to work at BNL as a full-time engineer. At Brookhaven, Brutus has been designing, fabricating, testing and commissioning accelerator components for the Coherent Electron Cooling (CeC) and Low Energy RHIC Electron Cooling (LEReC) experiments, which aim to improve the performance of RHIC and the Electron-Ion Collider (EIC).
“The types of equipment used in a particle accelerator are complex,” said Brutus. “As a mechanical engineer working in such a facility, you get involved in all aspects. We help design electron sources, radiofrequency (RF) cavities, magnets, diagnostics devices, cryogenic systems, control systems and more.”
Brutus also enjoys opportunities to pay his experiences forward. He mentors SULI students and serves on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council for the Nuclear and Particle Physics Directorate (NPP) at Brookhaven Lab, where he helps develop initiatives to improve the culture of NPP.
Brutus is a two-time recipient of the Brookhaven Lab Spotlight Award, and last year he was recognized as one of Stony Brook University’s 40 Under Forty, which celebrates 40 individuals under the age of 40 who have made an impact since graduating from Stony Brook.
Read the complete profile at the BNL website.