Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



Gordon Brunton

NIF Deputy Director for
Capabilities and Planning

Gordon Brunton is the NIF deputy director for capabilities and planning, overseeing the integrated NIF budget and capability planning and execution. He works with the NIF program, users, and the facility to define the project priorities and milestones, ensuring capability development and support is aligned with long-range experimental needs and facility operations.

Before assuming his current role, he led the NIF & Photon Science Control Systems section and was responsible for many recent large-scale controls developments, such as systems for the Advanced Radiographic Capability (ARC) laser system and NIF’s shot-rate improvement initiatives.

Brunton has more than 25 years of large-scale systems software engineering experience. He joined LLNL in 2004 as a consultant systems analyst to design and develop software for several of NIF’s front-end adaptive-feedback control systems, such as temporal pulse-shaping and programmable spatial-shaping. Before joining LLNL, he led numerous projects and product subsystems while at Raytheon Systems Canada for the civilian and military Canadian Automated Air Traffic System project. He has a B.S. in computer science from Heriot-Watt University, Scotland.