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Associate Laboratory Director, Weapons Physics

As Associate Laboratory Director for  Weapons Physics, Michael Bernardin directs programs to assure the safety, security, and effectiveness of the systems in the nation’s nuclear stockpile.


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Michael Bernardin

Michael BernardinMichael Bernardin serves as the Associate Laboratory Director, Weapons Physics for Los Alamos National Laboratory.

For the past three years, Michael has been the Associate Director for Weapons Physics at LANL, where he has lead responsibility for the physics element of weapon system certification and assessment.

He has also had responsibility for advancing capabilities in foundational weapon science, computational simulation and engineering science to ensure continued accomplishment of LANL’s stockpile stewardship mission.

Prior to this position, Michael served as Deputy Associate Director for Weapons Physics, Division Leader for Theoretical Design (XTD) and for Applied Physics (X) Divisions, and Group Leader and Deputy Group Leader of Thermonuclear Applications (X-2) at LANL.

Michael has worked at LANL for 33 years, including 20 years as a technical staff member in X Division in areas of secondary design, weapon certification, nuclear weapon effects and nuclear weapon science.

He is a Laboratory Fellow.

Michael has a M.S. and Ph.D. in Theoretical Plasma Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.S. degree in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.