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Dr. Gina Bonanno was inducted into the Science category in 2009.

My Story

A senior technical manager at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Dr. Gina Bonanno is a central player in one of the nation's biggest and most exciting scientific projects: the National Ignition Facility (NIF). The recently completed Facility promises to open new avenues for exploring the power of fusion energy. The NIF uses 192 giant laser beams to demonstrate the fusion energy process that provides the life-giving energy of the sun. The experiments hold the hope of unlocking access to a never-ending source of clean energy. Since 2005, Gina has been Program Manager/Deputy Director of the National Ignition Campaign, the $1.6 billion program to demonstrate fusion ignition on the NIF. Gina is part of Lawrence Livermore's senior management team and is active in many of the Lab's community outreach efforts.