Throughout history, advancements in science knowledge have followed the introduction of new science tools. The National Ignition Facility (NIF), the largest laser ever built, will be used to create the conditions necessary for fusion on earth, the same process that the Sun uses to provide us with energy. We will explore how the laser works and how NIF will use the properties of laser light to create a 'star' like our Sun on Earth.

Speaker Bios

Dr.Edward Moses

Project Manager and Principal Deputy Associate Director
National Ignition Facility (NIF)

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Ed Moses grew up working for his dad in construction. He earned his B.S. from Cornell University in 1972 in electrical engineerings and his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1977 in laser physics. He began his professional career at Hughes Aircraft Company where he was a scientist and program manager from 1977 to 1980 developing high average power visible light lasers. In 1980, he joined the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory working on new ways to use lasers to process materials. In 1987, he became the Program Manager for the Isotope Separation and Materials Processing Program while also serving as Deputy Associate Director for Lasers.

In 1990, Dr. Moses left the Laboratory, when he became the Executive Vice President of Advanced Technology Applications, but returned to the Laboratory in 1996 as Deputy Associate Director for Program Development in the Physics and Space Technology Directorate. There he became the Project Manager for PEREGRINE, a program that developed and licensed a new method to treat cancer using radiation therapy.

In 1998, Dr. Moses joined the National Ignition Facility (NIF) Project at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and became the Project Manager for NIF in 1999. The NIF is a $3.5B, project to build and commission the world's largest laser facility for the purpose of studying high energy density physics and attaining thermonuclear burn in the laboratory.

He is currently the Associate Director for the NIF Programs Directorate and the Director of the National Ignition Campaign and plays a key role in the development of the applications for the use of the NIF in pursuit of national strategic security, national energy security and basic science.

Ed holds patents in laser technology and computational physics.

He wants everyone to learn about this exciting and growing field.

Stan Hitomi

Stan Hitomi teaches biology and physical science at Monte Vista High School in Danville, California. He has 20 years of experience as a teacher and has served as a Mentor Teacher for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District for the past 8 years. He is currently a member of the Community Advisory Panel for station KQED in San Francisco, and has worked on science education projects with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), U.C. Berkeley, San Joaquin County Office of Education, WNET-New York, KQED-San Francisco, Access Excellence (Genentec), and the Exploratorium.

While working with LLNL, Stan worked with other teachers to co-author the Biotechnology Education Program, Laser Science & Optics for the Classroom, and Research Bootcamp. Each of these programs focused on teacher development and training, with a strong focus on integrated instruction. Stan currently serves on the Staff Development Leadership Council (SDLC), a national organization whose mission is to study, research, and develop staff development programs. He was recently awarded a scholarship by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to conduct research on teaching methods and practices.