Guiding the

"New Ideas Lab"

About Us

The Deputy Director for Science and Technology (DDST), Patricia Falcone, oversees the integration of LLNL’s science and technology (S&T) expertise and resources with its programmatic mission areas devoted to enhancing national—and world—security. The DDST Office ensures Livermore’s world-renowned S&T research excellence balances innovation with disciplined execution, and multidisciplinary teamwork with individual initiative. The combination of mission focus and S&T excellence is central to the Laboratory’s strategic vision.

DDST-sponsored programs and technology transfer activities engage both academic and industrial partners. The University Relations Program fosters collaborations with the academic community, while the Science Education Program shares exciting S&T research findings with teachers, students, and the public at large. To help strengthen American industry, the Innovation and Partnerships Office (IPO) promotes the commercialization of LLNL breakthrough technologies. 

DDST's Office of Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Program recognizes the importance of and strives for a high-quality, motivated workforce with diverse ideas, skills, and backgrounds.

The DDST Office also guides internal investment in S&T at the Laboratory. The Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program (LDRD), a critical element of DDST, sponsors the development of new technologies and expertise for future national security challenges. The DDST office also helps manage five Director’s Initiatives that enhance or create new core competencies to meet emerging mission needs.