National Ignition Facility
NIF Director Mark Herrmann came to LLNL in October 2014 from Sandia National Laboratories, where he served as director of the Pulsed Power Sciences Center.
As the NIF Director, Herrmann works closely with the leadership of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s 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 has line management responsibility for the operations, facility use plan, and activities of NIF and is responsible for developing 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 PAD and the Laboratory.
Besides serving as director, Herrmann held several key leadership and management roles in the Pulsed Power Sciences Center at Sandia, including senior manager of the HED Science and Radiation and Fusion Physics groups, and manager of the ICF Target Design Department. Under his leadership, Sandia’s Z Facility delivered key results for the Stockpile Stewardship Program that have been widely recognized throughout the NNSA complex and by external stakeholders.
After obtaining a Ph.D. in plasma physics from Princeton University, Herrmann began his career at LLNL as postdoc in 1998, and then became a staff physicist in AX division. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and has been recognized with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and the Fusion Power Associates Excellence in Fusion Engineering award.