NIST Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology

Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology

National Institute of Standards and Technology
Wednesday, October 13, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, October 14, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Stephanie Shaw
Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology
NationalInstitute of Standards and Technology,
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899-1060,
(301) 975-2667
[email protected].

The Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology is composed of fifteen members appointed by the Director of NIST who are eminent in such fields as business, research, new product development, engineering, labor, education, management consulting, environment, and international relations.

The purpose of this meeting is to review and make recommendations regarding general policy for the Institute, its organization, its budget, and its programs within the framework of applicable national policies as set forth by the President and the Congress.

The first day's agenda will include an update on NIST; presentations on NIST proposed performance evaluation framework and example implementations for NIST calibration services and Standard Reference Materials; and a presentation on the Administration's Priorities on Innovation by Mr. Aneesh Chopra, Chief Technology Officer and Associate Director for Technology, Office of Science and Technology Policy. Three concurrent breakout groups will be convened in which NIST Division Chiefs will provide information on selected NIST measurement services to the VCAT members. The first day will conclude with the VCAT discussion on NIST measurement services planning and management.

On the second day, the meeting will focus on measurement and standards needs in forensic sciences including external perspectives from guest speakers and an overview and examples of forensic science activities at NIST. Other topics include a discussion on the initial outputs of the Blue Ribbon Commission II Safety Management; an update on external needs assessment activities, and a wrap-up discussion, recommendations, and plans for the 2010 VCAT Annual Report.