Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



The final optics assemblies at the National Ignition Facility focus the laser beams from 40-by-40-centimeter squares of light to a spot on the target only 0.2 to 2 millimeters in diameter. Fusion research at NIF is opening the door to an endless supply of clean energy.

This stretchable, deformable patch-like structure houses an antennae designed to turn throat vibrations into a decipherable electric signal. The patch was manufactured using a direct-ink writing process, one of four additive manufacturing approaches being developed at Lawrence Livermore.

LLNL is part of a major research team that has created a retinal prosthesis—an artificial retina—that can restore vision to people blinded by degenerative eye diseases. A component of the prosthetic system is a Livermore-designed, biocompatible electrode array, which is attached to the patient's retina.


At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, our Engineering Directorate has been developing, building, and applying cutting-edge technology innovations for national security missions for 60 years. We have a staff of over 1500 world-class engineers, scientists, and technicians who are the foundation for most of the work performed at the Laboratory.

We apply innovative, world-class engineering knowledge and state-of-the art technologies for the Lab's core programs in stockpile stewardship, global security, and science and technology. LLNL's Engineering staff is meeting our nation's needs to enhance national security, reduce global threats, and address scientific and engineering challenges of national importance.

The Engineering Directorate is home to the broad range of engineering expertise, capabilities, and research to support he Lab's major programs. This includes three divisions that are aligned with the three major mission areas of the Laboratory:

  • Defense Technologies Engineering supports the Weapons Complex and Integration (WCI) program
  • Laser Systems Engineering and Operations supports the National Ignition Facility (NIF)
  • National Security Engineering supports the Global Security (GS) program

Two additional divisions—Materials Engineering and Computational Engineering—provide crosscutting research capabilities that span all Laboratory mission areas.

The Engineering Directorate also houses the world-class Center for Micro and Nanotechnologies, an Additive Manufacturing (3-D printing research) R&D lab, and facilities for nondestructive characterization, materials characterization, and electronics and mechanical manufacturing.

The key to our success is our people. Our staff includes recognized experts in additive manufacturing, biotechnology, micro and nanotechnologies, modeling and simulation, nondestructive characterization, precision engineering, laser and optical systems, sensor imaging and communications, advanced diagnostics, project management, decision science, systems analysis, and engineering of large complex systems.