Edward Moses to lead Fusion Ignition Science and Applications research effort -- Jeff Wisoff appointed acting principal associate director of NIF & Photon Science

LIVERMORE, Calif. - Edward Moses, the principal associate director for the National Ignition Facility & Photon Science (NIF&PS) Directorate, will be taking 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," Lab Director Parney Albright said .

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 energy, high peak power, high average power, and short wavelength lasers and light sources and associated technologies for a variety of missions, and has been responsible for developing a robust work-for-others portfolio.

Moses said: "This is a pivotal time for this field. Experimental results obtained at NIF have given us confidence that our inertial confinement fusion program is making great progress. We have demonstrated self-heating of an ignition target. I am looking forward to working with others to bring to fruition the 50-year goal of fusion energy."

Albright said: "We are committed to charting a course that takes advantage of the rapid progress we are making."

Norman Pattiz, chairman of the LLNS Board of Governors, said: "Ed is uniquely qualified to lead this important effort. He has our full support to embark on this exciting assignment and opportunity. We look forward to the creation of expanded partnerships with academia, the commercial sector, the national laboratories and the international community to address the grand challenges and expand the boundaries of high energy density science and fusion energy."

Albright has appointed Jeff Wisoff, currently serving as the NIF&PS principal deputy, as acting principal associate director. Wisoff came to the Laboratory in 2001 from NASA, is a veteran of four space shuttle flights and three spacewalks and is formerly a member of the faculty at Rice University. Wisoff brings deep expertise in laser science and engineering, long experience with the NIF project and management of the directorate, broad knowledge of the Laboratory's programmatic and operational initiatives and exceptional technical and leadership skills.

The new assignments are effective immediately.