Sabrina Nagel

Physics Division

October 5, 2023

What do you like about working at the Lab?

I like that in my job at LLNL I am collaborating with passionate and intelligent people. And that working at LLNL allows you to work on science that can have a big impact.

What do your day-to-day work activities include?

These days I sit at a desk a lot, working on my computer, answering emails, attending meetings, and talking to people in my team and group. The work I do supports planning, executing, and analyzing NIF shots as well as planning and shepherding diagnostic development at NIF. My role involves a lot of coordinating with engineers, target fabrication and facility staff. I also prepare and support the preparation of publications and presentations.

What is one project you’re really proud to have worked on?

I am extremely proud to have contributed (even if only in a very small way) to the tremendous achievement of NIF demonstrating controlled fusion ignition in the laboratory.

What is your educational or career background?

Started University in Wuerzburg, Germany, in 2000. I received my M.A. from UT Austin in 2004, and my PhD in Plasma Physics from Imperial College in 2009. I've worked at the Lab for 12 years.

What inspired you to go into science?

I was inspired to go into physics because I wanted to learn how things work in the universe. For my field of work, I was inspired by its potential applications in clean energy.

What advice would you give to a new employee at the Lab?

Be proactive and don’t worry about over-communicating. I would also say, do not take constructive criticism personally, people generally just want to get the best end result.

What do you do in your free time?

With two little kids, there is not much free time at the moment, but I enjoy board games, reading, music, as well as hiking. I'm a member of the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory Women's Association (LLLWA) employee resource group.

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