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Charles H. Romine 

Dr. Charles (Chuck) H. Romine serves as the Acting Associate Director for NIST Laboratory Programs. He is responsible for oversight and direction of NIST’s six laboratory programs and is the principal deputy to the NIST Director. The position of Associate Director for Laboratory Programs was created in October 2010 as part of the first major realignment of NIST programs in 20 years.

NIST’s six laboratories include the Physical Measurement Laboratory, Material Measurement Laboratory, Engineering Laboratory, Information Technology Laboratory, the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, and the NIST Center for Neutron Research.  The NIST Laboratories collaborate with U.S. industry and universities to conduct measurement, standards, and technology research that advances the nation’s R&D infrastructure. The overarching goal of the NIST laboratory programs is to accelerate U.S. innovation, which is a major driver of economic growth and job creation.

Prior to his appointment as the Acting Associate Director for Laboratory Programs, Romine served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the NIST Director and as the Associate Director for Program Implementation within the NIST Information Technology Laboratory. He joined NIST in 2009 after serving for five years in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as the Senior Policy Analyst responsible for providing expert technical and policy advice to the President’s Science Advisor for all areas related to information technology.

Romine began his career in 1986 with the Department of Energy after receiving a Ph.D. in applied mathematics and a B.A. in mathematics, both from the University of Virginia. He spent 15 years conducting research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory on advanced algorithms for supercomputers and four years at the Department of Energy Office of Science as program manager for the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research.