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Alan M. Lytle

Alan M. Lytle is the leader of and a supervisory research civil engineer in the Construction Metrology and Automation Group of the Materials and Construction Research Division (MCRD) of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Mr. Lytle joined the Construction Metrology and Automation Group in 2001 as a Robotics Engineer. His current work includes research toward automated construction, on-site component tracking, and construction object recognition using 3D Imaging systems. He is the current chair of the ASTM committee on 3D Imaging systems (E57), which is working with industry, academia, and government research agencies to develop standards for 3D Imaging systems.

Prior to joining NIST, Mr. Lytle was the Chief Engineer for a nuclear fast-attack submarine, and then worked in the private sector as an engineering director for a company that produced laser-based positioning and tracking instruments. He is a Commander in the U.S. Navy (Reserve Component) and is currently the Commanding Officer of a unit supporting COMSUBFOR in Norfolk, VA.

Mr. Lytle received his M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1994, where he studied environmental remediation and automation systems. His research included the design and construction of a mobile robotic platform for remote sensing and mapping of hazardous waste sites. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Virginia Tech.

Professional Affiliations and Awards:

  • Chair, ASTM E57 3D Imaging Systems
  • Board Member, International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction
  • Member, CII Breakthrough Strategy Committee
  • 2008 Robert J. Painter Award (ASTM) 2007 SPAR Achievement Award
  • 2004 Department of Commerce Bronze Medal
  • 1993 Society of American Military Engineers: Bliss Medal Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu
Alan M. Lytle


Leader, Supervisory Research Civil Engineer
Materials and Construction Research Division
Construction Metrology and Automation


Virginia Tech, M.S., Environmental Engineering, 1994

Virginia Tech, B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1986


Phone: 301-975-6048
Email: alan.lytle@nist.gov
Fax: 301-975-xxxx