Ann Emrick Named Brookhaven Lab's Deputy Director for Operations


Ann Emrick, an East Patchogue native, a recognized strategic leader in developing and implementing complex-wide, mission-enabling processes, has been named Deputy Director for Operations at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, effective Oct. 1. Emrick, a longtime Brookhaven Lab employee, takes over from Jack Anderson, who stepped down at the end of September after 10 years in the position.

In her new role, Emrick will oversee organizations that provide the bulk of support services for the Lab, including operation and maintenance of more than 300 buildings, several of which are unique, world-class scientific facilities. She will also work closely with Lab Director JoAnne Hewett, Deputy Director for Science & Technology John Hill, and the rest of the Lab’s senior leadership team on day-to-day operations and strategic planning for the Lab’s future.

“I'm excited to have Ann join Brookhaven's leadership team,” said Laboratory Director JoAnne Hewett. “She brings tremendous experience and knowledge of the Lab, combined with enthusiasm for the role.” 

During Emrick's 36 years at Brookhaven Lab, she has served in progressively more impactful leadership roles across Brookhaven, the Battelle-affiliated labs, and the DOE complex. Most recently, Emrick was the directorate chief operating officer (DCOO) for the Lab’s Environment, Biology, Nuclear Science & Nonproliferation Directorate, the Computational Science Initiative, and the Advanced Technology Research Office. In this role, she coordinated operations for a diverse research portfolio of more than 250 staff and $100 million annual budget, ensuring that operational requirements, processes, and support resources were in place for effective, efficient, safe, and secure operations.

“I am honored to have been selected for this position and thrilled to be working alongside JoAnne Hewett, John Hill, and the rest of the Lab leadership team at this exciting time at Brookhaven,” said Emrick. “The Lab’s future is bright with the Electron-Ion Collider project underway and our many scientific programs achieving impressive results. I plan to do my best to ensure operational excellence and to make Brookhaven Lab the best place for doing science.”

Emrick has also served as the chair of the Lab's Operations Council, a member of the Brookhaven Policy Council, and chair of the newly formed Battelle Capability Stewardship Team for Mission Execution, where she is integrating the best ideas for effective mission delivery across all of the Battelle-affiliated laboratories. Emrick has played key roles in cross-laboratory training programs, including the Laboratory Operations Supervisory Academy and the Laboratory Operations Leadership Academy.

Prior to her DCOO role, Emrick was the research operations manager for the Environment, Biological & Computational Sciences Directorate from 2000 to 2015 and a staff specialist in the Biology Department from 1992 to 2000. Ann joined the Lab in 1987 as a scientific associate in the Biology Department, where she worked on DOE's Low Dose Radiation Research Program.

Emrick has twice been recognized with the Brookhaven Award (the Lab’s highest honor), in 2000 and 2013, and received the Lab's Environmental Award in 2001.

She earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences from St. Joseph's University, and her M.S. in Technological Systems Management from Stony Brook University.