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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. An Assessment of Selected Programs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology Engineering Laboratory: Fiscal Year 2020. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26051.
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AN ASSESSMENT OF
SELECTED PROGRAMS AT
THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF
STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY
ENGINEERING LABORATORY

FISCAL YEAR 2020

Panel on Review of the Engineering Laboratory at the
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Committee on NIST Technical Programs

Laboratory Assessments Board

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

A Consensus Study Report of

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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. An Assessment of Selected Programs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology Engineering Laboratory: Fiscal Year 2020. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26051.
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Suggested Citation: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. An Assessment of Selected Programs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology Engineering Laboratory: Fiscal Year 2020. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/26051.

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. An Assessment of Selected Programs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology Engineering Laboratory: Fiscal Year 2020. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26051.
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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. An Assessment of Selected Programs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology Engineering Laboratory: Fiscal Year 2020. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26051.
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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. An Assessment of Selected Programs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology Engineering Laboratory: Fiscal Year 2020. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26051.
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PANEL ON REVIEW OF THE ENGINEERING LABORATORY AT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY

E. SARAH SLAUGHTER, NAE,1 Built Environment Coalition, Chair

MARK G. ADAMIAK, NAE, Adamiak Consulting, LLC

WILLIAM BAHNFLETH, Pennsylvania State University

WILLIAM F. BAKER, NAE, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP

CRAIG L. BEYLER, Hughes Associates and Jensen Hughes

THOMAS A. BIRKLAND, North Carolina State University

MARK E. EBERHART, Colorado School of Mines

GERALD G. FULLER, NAE, Stanford University

RONALD O. HAMBURGER, NAE, Simpson, Gumpertz, and Heger, Inc.

JULIA W. P. HSU, University of Texas, Dallas

JAMES E. HUBBARD, JR., NAE, Texas A&M University

HOLLY L. JANOWICZ, J.R. Harris and Company

SRINIVAS KATIPAMULA, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

PHILIP T. KREIN, NAE, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

JOHN J. LEWANDOWSKI, Case Western Reserve University

MAUREEN Y. LICHTVELD, NAM,2 University of Pittsburgh

RICHARD G. LITTLE, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

BIRGITTE MESSERSCHMIDT COLLINS, National Fire Protection Association

THOMAS D. O’ROURKE, NAE, Cornell University

RANDALL W. POSTON, NAE, Pivot Engineers and Purdue University

POL D. SPANOS, NAE, Rice University

CHARLES K. WESTBROOK, NAE, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

THERESA A. WESTON, The Holt Weston Consultancy, LLC

STEVEN R. WINKEL, The Preview Group, Inc.

Staff

MARTIN OFFUTT, Senior Program Officer

AZEB GETACHEW, Senior Program Assistant

EVA LABRE, Administrative Coordinator

JAMES MCGEE, Director

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1 Member, National Academy of Engineering.

2 Member, National Academy of Medicine.

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. An Assessment of Selected Programs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology Engineering Laboratory: Fiscal Year 2020. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26051.
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COMMITTEE ON NIST TECHNICAL PROGRAMS

ELSA REICHMANIS, NAE,1 Lehigh University, Chair

MICHAEL I. BASKES, NAE, Mississippi State University

LEWIS BRANSCOMB, NAS2/NAE/NAM,3 University of California, San Diego

MARTIN E. GLICKSMAN, NAE, Florida Institute of Technology

JENNIE S. HWANG, NAE, H-Technologies Group

CHRISTOPHER W. MACOSKO, NAE, University of Minnesota

C. KUMAR PATEL, NAS/NAM, Pranalytica, Inc.

BHAKTA B. RATH, NAE, Naval Research Laboratory

ALICE WHITE, Boston University

Staff

MARTIN OFFUTT, Senior Program Officer

AZEB GETACHEW, Senior Program Assistant

EVA LABRE, Administrative Coordinator

JAMES MCGEE, Director

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1 Member, National Academy of Engineering.

2 Member, National Academy of Sciences.

3 Member, National Academy of Medicine.

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. An Assessment of Selected Programs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology Engineering Laboratory: Fiscal Year 2020. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26051.
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LABORATORY ASSESSMENTS BOARD

JENNIE S. HWANG, NAE, H-Technologies Group, Chair

WESLEY L. HARRIS, NAE, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

W. CARL LINEBERGER, NAS,1 University of Colorado, Boulder

C. KUMAR N. PATE, NAS/NAM, Pranalytica, Inc.

DR. ELSA REICHMANIS. NAE, Lehigh University

Staff

AZEB GETACHEW, Senior Program Assistant

EVA LABRE, Administrative Coordinator

JAMES MCGEE, Director

ARUL MOZHI, Senior Program Officer

MARTIN OFFUT, Senior Program Officer

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1 Member, National Academy of Sciences.

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Acknowledgment of Reviewers

This Consensus Study Report was reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in making each published report as sound as possible and to ensure that it meets the institutional standards for quality, objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process.

We thank the following individuals for their review of this report:

Joseph P. Colaco, NAE,1 Florida International University,

Charles Culp, Texas A&M University,

Reginald DesRoches, NAE, Rice University,

Anthony E. Fiorato, NAE, Consultant,

Vivian Loftness, Carnegie Mellon University,

Fred Mowrer, University of Maryland,

John E. Vidale, NAS,2 University of Southern California, and

Sharon L. Wood, NAE, University of Texas at Austin.

Although the reviewers listed above provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations of this report nor did they see the final draft before its release. The review of this report was overseen by David W. Johnson, Jr., NAE. He was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with the standards of the National Academies and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content rests entirely with the authoring committee and the National Academies.

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1 Member, National Academy of Engineering.

2 Member, National Academy of Sciences.

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