Mrs. Ehrlich is a permanent member of the NIST Program Office and has served as a Program Analyst in this Office since April 1990. Currently, Ms. Ehrlich serves as the Executive Director of the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT), the principal private sector advisory body for NIST. She also plays a major role in the collection, analysis, and reporting of NIST-wide impact date. Her other Program Office responsibilities have included tracking and analysis of NIST performance measures, preparing budget justifications, providing oversight of the NIST State Impacts document, and preparing NIST gems (i.e. success stories). She also served on the development team for the NIST Associates Information System and was secretariat to the NIST Information Coordinators.
Prior to joining the Program Office, Mrs. Ehrlich served as a Program Analyst in the National Engineering Laboratory (NEL) Director's Office from February 1984 where she assisted senior managers in program planning and implementation. Her major assignments in NEL included monitoring critical milestones, summarizing NEL issues related to Congressional testimonies, developing a NIST-wide prototype database to track guest researchers, reviewing other-agency sponsored programs, and serving as the NIST liaison for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Mrs. Ehrlich began her career at NBS (now NIST) in July 1976 as a Budget Analyst in the NBS Budget Office where she prepared budget justifications and conducted in-depth financial analyses of the laboratories and fee-supported programs. During her tenure in the Budget Office, she also served a four-month temporary assignment on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, the Judiciary and Related Agencies.
Mrs. Ehrlich is a member of the NIST Toastmasters Club and served as President of the Standards Employees Benefit Association (SEBA) at NIST during 1998. She received two Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Awards for Superior Federal Service in 2004 and 1982 and several cash awards for outstanding performance. In 1975 she graduated with high honors from the University of Maryland where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education. Upon graduation, Mrs. Ehrlich was a special education teacher in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Throughout summer breaks from college, Mrs. Ehrlich worked in the Personnel Department of the Comptroller of the Currency, U.S. Treasury Department.