An Assessment of the National Institute of Standards and by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and

By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Assessment of National Institute of Standards and Technology Programs

The nationwide Institute of criteria and know-how (NIST) Measurements and criteria Laboratories (MSL) offer technical management for the nation's size and criteria infrastructure and guarantee the supply of crucial reference info and dimension functions. At NIST's request, the nationwide learn Council (NRC) consists of out a biennial review of the seven MSL. The review specializes in every one laboratory's technical caliber and benefit; and effectiveness. It additionally examines the relevance of the NIST courses and the way good laboratory amenities, gear, and group of workers may be able to fulfil the MSL venture. This record provides an total overview of the MSL via certain checks of every of the seven laboratories.

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Factors worth considering would include how quickly various equipment becomes outdated and whether certain capabilities can be accessed more efficiently via collaborative relationships with other institutions. To be most effective and credible, any plans for the AML should be consistent with and closely coordinated with NIST and EEEL strategic plans. Laboratory Responsiveness Overall, the panel has found EEEL to be very responsive to suggestions, concerns, and questions raised in previous assessment reports.

NIST continues to be a world leader in the realization of the ohm through state-of-the-art technology such as the quantum Hall (QH) resistance device. The QH devices are currently manufactured by NIST. However, these devices degrade over time, and NIST has had to work diligently to ensure an adequate supply. The level of resistance produced by the QH devices is very small and difficult to use. In addition, the system to realize the ohm through the device is expensive and difficult to use. The Metrology of the Ohm project team has taken on the task of trying to develop a QH device that will be less expensive and easier to use.

NIST laboratories also receive funding through grants or contracts from other [government] agencies (OA), from nonfederal government (NFG) agencies, and from industry in the form of cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs). ” aThe number of full-time permanent staff is as of January of that fiscal year. 1. As of January 2002, staffing for EEEL included 246 full-time permanent positions, of which 209 were for technical professionals. There were also 33 nonpermanent and supplemental personnel, such as postdoctoral research associates and temporary or part-time workers.

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