Professor Mike Dunne

Professor Mike Dunne is the Director of the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), an internationally leading research facility, operated by Stanford University on behalf of the US Department of Energy. He is an Associate Laboratory Director of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, and a full Professor of Photon Science at Stanford University.

From 2010-2014, Professor Dunne was the Director for Laser Fusion Energy at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). His role was to ensure full advantage is taken of the National Ignition Facility (NIF), a $3.5 billion investment designed to demonstrate net fusion energy production.

Professor Dunne was the International Project Leader for the European project, ‘HiPER’. He created a consortium of 26 institutions across 10 countries to develop one of the few giga-Euro scale facility opportunities accepted onto the “European roadmap” of future research infrastructures (ESFRI).

Previously Professor Dunne was Director of the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Central Laser Facility from 2005 -2010. In 2008 he took on additional responsibility as Director of the Photon Science Department, developing coupled laser and accelerator facilities and the pursuit of next-generation Free Electron Laser sources.

Last updated: 31 March 2022

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