Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



Doug Larson

NIF Director, Principal Deputy Principal Associate Director

Doug Larson is the director of the National Ignition Facility (NIF) and principal deputy principal associate director for the NIF & Photon Science Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).

As NIF director, Larson works closely with the leadership of LLNL’s Weapons and Complex Integration Directorate, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester, and the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to execute a mission-impactful experimental program on the NIF. He also works with NIF’s National Security Applications program and Discovery Science communities in the United States and globally to ensure optimal use of the facility and delivery of program goals.

Larson was previously NIF facility manager and has played key leadership roles at NIF since its inception, when he led the team that developed the pulsed power system and laser amplifiers. He co-led an effort to develop and implement recommendations that more than doubled the shot rate with fixed funding, enabling a significant increase in NIF’s capabilities for the NNSA’s Stockpile Stewardship Program.

As chief engineer for NIF&PS over the past eight years, Larson has maintained standards of excellence in engineering and project management across the directorate. He has over 35 years of experience in LLNL’s magnetic and inertial fusion programs. His previous positions included project engineer for Beamlet, NIF’s demonstration project, pulsed power engineer for the Nova laser, which preceded NIF, and project manager for many of NIF’s laser and target diagnostic systems. Larson has a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico.