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George W. Arnold

Dr. Arnold joined the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in September 2006 as Deputy Director, Technology Services, after a 33-year career in the telecommunications and information technology industry. He was appointed National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability at in April 2009. He has been responsible for leading the development of standards underpinning the nation’s Smart Grid. In October 2011, Dr. Arnold added an additional role as Director of Cyber Physical Systems within NIST’s Engineering Laboratory (EL). Anticipating and meeting the measurement science and standards needs for technology-intensive manufacturing construction, and cyber-physical systems in ways that enhance economic prosperity and improve the quality of life , EL promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness in areas of critical national priority.

Dr. Arnold served as Chairman of the Board of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a private, non-profit organization that coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system, from 2003 to 2005. He served as President of the IEEE Standards Association in 2007-2008 and as Vice President-Policy for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) from 2006-2009 where he was responsible for guiding ISO’s strategic plan.

Dr. Arnold previously served as a Vice-President at Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories where he directed the company’s global standards efforts. His organization played a leading role in the development of international standards for Intelligent Networks and IP-based Next Generation Networks. In previous assignments at AT&T Bell Laboratories he had responsibilities in network planning, systems engineering, and application of information technology to automate operations and maintenance of the nationwide telecommunications network.

Dr. Arnold received a Doctor of Engineering Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Columbia University in 1978. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

George W. Arnold


National Coordinator, Smart Grid Interoperability
Cyber Physical Systems Program Office