Dr. Samuel Aronson, Brookhaven National Laboratory
The Board of Directors of Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) announced that Dr. Samuel Aronson has been named as the new Director of Brookhaven National Lab. BSA manages BNL for the U.S. Department of Energy. DOE also approved Dr. Aronson’s candidacy.
Aronson, a physicist, previously managed Brookhaven National Laboratory’s largest directorate since his appointment to the ALD position in April 2005, overseeing the operation of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) and the Laboratory’s Physics Department. Prior to that, he was chair of the Physics Department.
Aronson earned an A.B. in physics from Columbia University in 1964, and a Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University in 1968. From 1968 to 1972, he worked at the University of Chicago’s Enrico Fermi Institute for Nuclear Studies as a research associate. He then moved to the University of Wisconsin, where he was a faculty member until 1977.
Aronson joined Brookhaven Lab’s Accelerator Department in 1978 as an associate physicist, and was named physicist in 1979. He moved to the Physics Department in 1982, was appointed associate chair of the department in 1987, and promoted to deputy chair in 1988. In 1991, Aronson relinquished this position and, as a senior physicist, served as the head of the PHENIX detector project during the construction of RHIC, a challenge he successfully completed before he became chair of Physics in 2001. Aronson is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.