Brookhaven’s Information Technology Division (ITD) has an annual budget of about $15 million and 106 employees, including 80 Brookhaven Lab employees and 26 contractors from DecisionOne, an information technology support company. ITD supports the scientific research and advanced technology initiatives of the Laboratory by providing a reliable and secure infrastructure for scientific and business computing.
Thomas Schlagel earned a B.A. in physics from Carleton College in 1984, and an M.S. in physics and a Ph.D. in theoretical nuclear physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1985 and 1990, respectively. He joined Brookhaven as a research associate in the Physics Department in 1990, and, in 1993, he left the Laboratory to become a research associate in the Physics Department at Stony Brook University. In 1994, he returned to the Laboratory, working as a computer analyst, and, in 1999, he was promoted to Manager of Scientific Computing Support for Brookhaven.
In 2000, Schlagel took on the position of Director of Systems for Jupiter Media Metrix in Melville, Long Island, a global Internet ratings company that categorizes and ranks Web sites. In 2002, Schlagel became a senior systems integration specialist at Perot Systems Corporation, which manages information technology for the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, a position he held until he came back to Brookhaven.