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New Chair, Vice Chair Elected to NIST Policy Advisory Group

For Immediate Release: March 16, 2010

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Contact: Michael Baum

A new chair and vice chair have been elected to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT), the agency's primary private-sector policy advisory group.

The new chair is Vinton Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google, where he identifies new enabling technologies and applications on the Internet and other platforms. The new vice chair is Alan Taub, vice president for global research and development at General Motors (GM), where he oversees the company’s seven science laboratories around the world and has responsibility for GM’s advanced technical work activity and its global technology collaboration network. Their terms will end on March 31, 2012. The two were elected by the members of VCAT. The VCAT was established by Congress in 1988 to review and make recommendations on NIST’s policies, organization, budget and programs.

The next NIST VCAT meeting will be held on June 8-9, 2010, in Gaithersburg, Md, VCAT meetings are open to the public. For more information, see www.nist.gov/director/vcat/.