The talented staff at Livermore is its key asset. The Laboratory’s many scientists, engineers, and support staff bring their knowledge, expertise, and experience to bear on the difficult challenges of its national security mission. They do so with an extreme curiosity, and a drive to uncover knowledge and better understand how things work. Here are some examples of Livermore’s gifted staff, and their work.


Photo of Celeste Matarazzo

Advances cybersecurity technologies

Celeste Matarazzo leads a project in cybersecurity situational awareness designed to address the national security threats to networks and information technology, and founded the Laboratory’s Cyber Defenders summer internship program for undergraduates, graduates, and others to train future cybersecurity experts.
Greg Burton

Revolutionizes rocket engine designs with supercomputer simulations

Using high-performance computing, Greg Burton directs work to develop lower-cost rocket engines and space-launch vehicles for national security and scientific exploration. Virtual design, prototyping, and testing of these components and systems helps provide cost-effective access to space.
Rebecca Nikolic

Protects our borders with next-generation radiation detectors

Livermore helps protect our borders by developing technology to detect the entry of illicit special nuclear materials (uranium and plutonium isotopes). Rebecca Nikolic recently led a team that developed miniaturized solid-state neutron detectors that are far more efficient and compact than existing devices.
Monica Moya

Develops 3D printing techniques for manufacturing human-like tissues

Monica Moya is developing three-dimensional printing techniques for manufacturing vascularized tissue (containing blood vessels) using bioink—a fluid with biological components. Researchers can use these tissues to study exposures to chemical and biological agents, and assess medical treatments.

Tammy Ma

Conducts nuclear fusion experiments

At the National Ignition Facility, Tammy Ma leads experiments aimed at achieving fusion ignition by using it’s 192 laser beams to compress fuel capsules containing isotopes of hydrogen in a process called inertial confinement fusion. These experiments are laying the groundwork to demonstrate fusion's feasibility as a clean source of energy.

Eric Duoss

Transforms U.S. manufacturing with 3D printing

Lawrence Livermore has been at the forefront of developing revolutionary new methods to make materials and parts faster, cheaper, lighter, and with entirely new properties.