Robert Lee

Manager, Environment, Safety and Health

Bob Lee is the Manager of the Environment, Safety and Health Group within the Photon Sciences Directorate at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Lee is responsible for the overall management of radiation, industrial and facility safety, training, procedure development and management of authorization bases. He joined the PS Directorate in April 2013 and is serving on an interim basis.

Prior to accepting this interim assignment, Lee was the Manager for the Laboratory’s Environmental Protection Division. In his role as EPD manager, he maintained overall responsibility for the regulatory compliance, waste management and groundwater protection activities for BNL. Major compliance programs include: NEPA, potable water, wastewater, storage tank (major oil storage facility, chemical bulk storage and Suffolk County sanitary code), waste management (industrial, hazardous and radioactive), air emissions, and management of groundwater remediation systems. He was the principle liaison to the Department of Energy Brookhaven Site Office for matters pertaining to environmental compliance. Lee was responsible for a team of 48 FTEs and a budget of about $11 M.

Lee has over 27 years of experience in the field of environmental compliance, 22 with Brookhaven Lab. He is a seasoned environmental engineer with expertise in the areas potable water, wastewater, storage tank, and waste management. Lee started his career at Brookhaven in 1991 as a staff-level engineer with the Safety and Environmental Protection Division. He was promoted to Group Leader in 1996, Section Manager in 1998 and Deputy Division Manager in 2001. Lee strives to balance regulatory compliance and the pursuit of scientific research and facility operations.

Before coming to Brookhaven, Lee served as a senior-level engineer with the consulting firm of Donnelly Engineering. During his time with Donnelly, he gained experience with numerous industries, including aircraft, electronics, flexible packaging, jewelry and pharmaceutical manufacturing, leading to a diverse background in the application of environmental laws and regulatory requirements to various industrial operations. Lee also was the principle engineer in charge of several remedial investigations involving groundwater contaminated with volatile organic compounds.

Bob Lee has been a New York State Licensed Professional Engineer since 1989.

Phone: 344-7936


  • M.S. 1996: Environmental Technology, New York Institute of Technology
  • B.S. 1985: Chemical Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of NY