Mark Herrmann of Sandia National Laboratories has been appointed Director of the National Ignition Facility, effective Oct. 6. Herrmann replaces Jeff Atherton, who was named Principal Deputy for the NIF & Photon Science Principal Associate Directorate (PAD) in June.
As the NIF Director, Herrmann will work closely with the leadership of the Stockpile Stewardship Program (SSP) across the weapons complex including the national Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) Program, as well as the National Security Applications and Discovery Science communities in the United States and globally, to ensure optimal use of the facility and delivery on program goals. He will have line management responsibility for the operations, facility use plan, and activities of NIF and will develop a strategic plan for the long-term future of the facility.
Reporting to the NIF&PS Principal Associate Director, the NIF Director is a key member of the directorate's senior leadership team supporting the strategic goals of the Laboratory.
"Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position and has played a recognized leadership role in national efforts to help shape the future of high energy density (HED) science," said NIF&PS Principal Associate Director Jeff Wisoff. "He has worked closely with all three laboratories (LLNL, Los Alamos, and Sandia) as well as our NNSA (National Nuclear Security Administration) stakeholders."
Herrmann has held several key leadership and...