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Ann Marie Virts

Ann is presently working as a research engineer/test method developer on the development, implementation of standard test methods for response robots under the DHS program. She is the lead editor of “Robot Response Pocket Guide” and the Test Apparatus Guide for these programs.

Ann is also involved with the implementation, data collection and providing ground truth to various projects for the Army Research Lab programs using the Ultra Wide Band System.

Ms. Virts has been honored with numerous awards during her tenure at NIST including:

The Edward Bennett Rosa Award. For outstanding contributions to the development of ASTM international standard test methods and prototype tests to advance emergency response robots, 2014

Recognized by the US State Department for significant contributions to the D/S ATA EOD Robotic Mission Profile, 2014

Silver Award for exceptional performance - For developing techniques to measure and assess the performance of automated Middle Eastern speech translation systems leading to U.S. military use, 2011

Bronze Award for Superior Federal Service - For advancement of measurement science for evaluating the performance of autonomous vehicles in realistic, complex and dynamic environments, 2011

Student Academic Achievement Award for academic excellence, 2010

Bronze Award for Superior Federal Service – For development and implementation of the SCORE framework, 2008

NIST Colleagues Choice Award - For dedicated contributions that supported NIST's mission, promoted effective external interactions and enhanced division vitality, 2007

Jacob Rabinow Applied Research Award - For technical achievement in applying robotic crane research to improve the productivity and safety of large aircraft maintenance operations, 2006

FEMA Certifications/Studies:
IS-00700.a An Introduction National Incident Management System (NIMS)
IS-00800.b An Introduction National Response Framework
IS-00022 Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
IS-00100.a Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100
IS-00200.a ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents, ICS-200
IS-00130 Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning
IS-00139 Exercise Design
IS-00120.a An Introduction to Exercises
IS-00200.a ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents, ICS-200



Associate Project Leader
Intelligent Systems Division
Control Systems Group


Millersville University – Present
Started in the Masters program for Emergency Operations and Planning

University of Maryland University College - 2010
B.S. in Information Systems Management with a Minor in Emergency Operations and Planning


Phone: 301-975-5068
Email: ann.virts@nist.gov
Fax: 301-990-9688