Fellow of the American Physical Society Born in Osaka, Japan, Ozaki received his BS degree in 1953 and an MS in 1955 from Osaka University. He then went to MIT where he received a PhD in 1959. He then went to Brookhaven National Laboratory where he remained for the next 22 years. There he engaged in particle physics research. His accomplishments at BNL include particle physics experiments at the Cosmotron and AGS, design and exploitation of beamline and detector facilities, management of the Multiparticle Spectrometer Project (MPS) and the On Line Data Facility (OLDF).
In 1981 he left his position as Group Leader of the Spectrometer Group in the Physics Department, BNL for Tsukuba, Japan to lead the construction of TRISTAN, a 30 GeV Electron-Positron Collider at the National Laboratory for High Energy Physics (KEK). He served as the Director of the Physics Department and then as the Director of the TRISTAN Project. Upon completion of the Project on schedule in 1987, he became the Director of the Accelerator Department at KEK.
Ozaki returned to BNL in 1989 as the RHIC Project Director. In this capacity, he headed the nine-year construction project to build the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), a major superconducting collider, and complement of detectors for high energy heavy ion collision physics.
He achieved the goal of completing the RHIC facility, both the collider and detectors, on schedule, and within the Project budget (almost 650 M$). RHIC has supplied experimentalists with a number of different colliding ions and thus allowed the exploration of nuclear research into the regime where a quark-gluon plasma is expected to occur.
Ozaki has served on many important national and international committees. His advice is widely sought. For example, he served as a member of the Advisory Council for Science Policy and Management of KEK, the SLAC Science Policy Committee, the URA Visiting Committee for Fermilab, the LHC Machine Advisory Committee and the CERN Science Policy Committee.
Now that he has, most recently, completed the construction of RHIC he is involved in a number of future accelerator projects, like the ILC and NSLS II at BNL.