Program Element Leader for
High-Intensity Laser HED Science
Advanced Photon Technologies
Tammy Ma is the Advanced Photon Technologies (APT) Program Element leader for High-Intensity Laser High Energy Density (HED) Science. This program executes a scientific portfolio of high-intensity short-pulse laser-based research, with a focus on establishing new applications of these tools to support future National Nuclear Security Administration and Department of Energy missions.
Since joining LLNL in 2010, Ma has led many inertial confinement fusion experiments on NIF, developed new x-ray diagnostics and analysis, and chaired the Lab-Wide Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program funding highly innovative research.
Ma currently serves as a member of the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (FESAC) providing advice to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science on complex scientific and technological issues related to fusion energy and plasma research.
She is the recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), a Stix Award for Outstanding Early Career Contributions to Plasma Research from the American Physical Society, and a DOE Early Career Research Award. Ma earned her B.S. from Caltech in 2005 and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego, in 2008 and 2010.