As the Laboratory’s Assistant Director for Policy and Strategic Planning, William oversees the Laboratory’s business plan, which develops the direction of its scientific programs, as well as the Laboratory Directed Research & Development Program, a competitive program for Lab scientists in which BNL designates funding for highly innovative and exploratory research that fits into its mission.
After earning a B.A. in physics from Southern Illinois University in 1975 and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Wyoming in 1980, Bookless began his career at LLNL in 1980 as a project leader and chief scientist with the task of determining the interactions between high current electron beams – which were being considered for ship terminal defense by the U.S. Navy – and potential targets, primarily nuclear weapons. Over his 32-year career at LLNL, Bookless has held numerous positions, including program leader, Nuclear Weapons Information Project; deputy associate director, Defense and Nuclear Technologies; and associate director, Safety and Environmental Protection. Since 2009, he has been stationed in Washington, D.C., as the senior advisor to the undersecretary of energy for nuclear security.