William C. Horak

  • Research Professor

Dr. William Horak was appointed Chair of Brookhaven National Laboratory's Energy Sciences & Technology Department (EST), on September 15, 2000. EST's mission is to conduct basic and applied sciences, research and development, and technology implementation and deployment to:

  • Assure adequate supplies of clean/affordable energy and reduce U.S. vulnerability to supply disruptions, encourage efficiency, advanced alternative and renewable energy technologies, and increase energy choices for all consumers.
  • Maintain U.S. Leadership in the science and technology of energy supply and use.
  • Educate new generations of scientists and engineers.
EST provides energy sciences and technology support for State (in the Northeastern United States) and Industrial Organizations, such as NYSERDA. EST has about 100 staff and an annual budget of more than $ 35 million.

William Horak has a B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois. He is an internationally recognized expert on energy issues and has served on numerous boards, committees and panels, both in the United States and for international organizations, such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Since coming to Brookhaven he has had a lead role in DOE's activities responding to the Chornobyl accident, including evaluations of Soviet designed facilities. He has implemented and managed numerous programs in nuclear safety, international safeguards, and energy system development. He has received numerous commendations including the American Nuclear Society's Mark Mills Award and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Special Achievement Certificate.