David Manning Emphasizes the Power of Partnerships at Brookhaven National Laboratory at LIMBA
David Manning (center), Director and Stakeholder, Brookhaven National Laboratory, was the guest speaker at the LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) meeting on September 15 at the Courtyard Marriott in Ronkonkoma. Also pictured (left to right): Ken Nevor, Member, LIMBA; Bill Miller, Treasurer, LIMBA; Megan Quarant, and Danielle Pontieri, Employees, Brookhaven National Laboratory; Ernie Fazio, Chairman, LIMBA; and John Franceschina, P.E., Senior Manager, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Programs, Lockheed Martin, the event’s sponsor.
On September 15, David Manning, Director and Stakeholder, Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), was the guest speaker at the LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) meeting at the Courtyard Marriott in Ronkonkoma, where he gave a brief history of the facility, and highlighted the partnerships that the lab has formed with the educational, government and private sectors.
Before it became BNL, Mr. Manning explained, it was known as Camp Upton, which was a training camp for U.S. soldiers during World War I and later became a convalescent and rehabilitation center for wounded soldiers coming back from World War II. It was also the place where composer Irving Berlin wrote “God Bless America.” BNL was founded after the Second World War when, in 1947, the U.S. War Department transferred Camp Upton to the Atomic Energy Commission, a predecessor to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Mr. Manning said BNL has partnered with the Research Foundation for the State University of New York (on behalf of Stony Brook University) and Batelle under the umbrella of Brookhaven Science Associates, which manages the lab for the DOE’s Office of Science. The lab is also overseen through the cooperation of Columbia University, Cornell University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University and Yale University.
The lab also works with local schools and universities in an effort to get younger students interested in science. According to Mr. Manning, more than 30,000 elementary, middle school and high school students from Long Island visit the Science Learning Center each year; more than 350 students, teachers and college faculty members around the country participate in tours, internships and workshops through DOE-sponsored programs which promote diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). Half of those who participate in BNL’s internship program are women and more than one-third are minorities.
As a community service, BNL hosts “Summer Sundays,” in which families can take part in hands-on events at the Science Learning Center, visit the National Synchrotron Light Source II, tour the Center for Functional Nanomaterials and explore BNL’s atom smasher, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider.
Mr. Manning also explained how the lab advocates entrepreneurship through its Office of Technology Commercialization & Partnership by promoting the formation of startup companies at the lab, granting licenses and acquiring equity in new ventures. Some of these discoveries during the lab’s 70-year history include the Maglev patent; the development of cleaner-combusting oil burners, which saves homeowners approximately $25 billion in fuel costs and keeps 160 megatons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere; and the creation of the first PET (positron emission tomography) scanner.
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