Overall Conclusions

The Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory is meeting its stated objectives of providing state-of-the-art metrology services to both traditional industry and emerging industries. The partnerships with other federal agencies, industry, and universities to extend the MSEL’s expertise into the biology and medical fields are noteworthy. The laboratory’s facilities are very good, given the budget constraints, and a number of unique and state-of-the-art experimental capabilities exist in the MSEL. The MSEL programs could benefit from a modest increase in theory and modeling to complement the strong experimental studies. The laboratory’s project evaluation process to ensure focus on the needs of NIST’s customers has had a beneficial effect. Progress on the recently initiated ACI-related programs is excellent.



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