National Institute of Standards and Technology

National Institute of Standards and Technology

NIST, established in 1901, and now part of the US Department of Commerce, provides measurement and standards that underlie technological innovation.

The agency was established by congress to improve measurement infrastructure to compete with economic rivals. NIST provides technology, measurement and standards that are relied upon by technologies like electric power grids, electronic health records, computer chips and nanomaterials. NIST develops and applies technology, measurements and standards for new and improved products, working with the private sector, government agencies and universities.

NIST has its headquarters in Gaithersburg, MD and other facilities in Boulder, CO. NIST facilities include: The Center for Nanoscale and Technology (CNST), Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL), Engineering Laboratory (EL), Information Technology Laboratory (ITL), Material Measurement Laboratory (MML), NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) and Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML). Extramural programs are the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partership (MEP) and NIST Office of Advanced Manufacturing.

The Post-Quantum Cryptography Standardization project by NIST is creating a set of standards for protecting electronic information from quantum computers.

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Delwin Brockett

Associate Director for Management Resources

James K. Olthoff

Acting Associate Director for Laboratory Programs

Kevin Kimball

Chief of Staff

Phillip Singerman

Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Services

Walter G. Copan

Director

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NIST Illustrated

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