Edward Moses, principal associate director for the National Ignition Facility & Photon Science (NIF&PS) Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Labs (USA), will take a new position to lead a two-year effort to explore the science and applications of ignition, including the commercial prospects for laser inertial fusion energy.
In this role, Moses will bring together academia, national and international laboratories, commercial, utility and other interests to enable the maturation of the science, engineering and technology needed to understand and exploit fusion technologies and fusion energy.
"Ed has been selected for this exciting opportunity and responsibility because of his unique experience and leadership capabilities demonstrated during the design, construction, commissioning and operation of the NIF," said Lab Director Parney Albright.
Moses is a recognized world leader in fusion research and development, laser science and technology, and industrial partnerships and project management. Under his watch, the Laboratory has advanced support of strategic national missions through the development of high-impact, high energy density science and technology.
Moses has made seminal contributions in high-nergy, high-peak-power, high-average-power, and short-wavelength lasers and light sources and associated technologies for a variety of missions. Papers on NIF that he has authored or co-authored can be found in the SPIE Digital Library.
Peter J. "Jeff" Wisoff, currently serving as the NIF&PS principal deputy, was appointed acting principal associate director at NIF. Wisoff is a veteran of four NASA space shuttle flights and three spacewalks, and he formerly taught at Rice University.