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Robert R. Lipman

Robert R. Lipman is a research engineer in the Information Modeling and Testing Group of the Systems Integration Division (SID) of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Mr. Lipman joined the Information Modeling and Testing Group in October 2011 and is currently involved with Model-Based Engineering project. He is developing the STEP File Analyzer, a software tool to inspect and verify STEP files.

Previously, while working in the Building and Fire Research Lab (BFRL) at NIST, Mr. Lipman developed SteelVis, a viewer for CIS/2 (CIMsteel Integration Standards) files, which can also translate them to IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) files. He also developed the IFC File Analyzer, which generates a spreadsheet from an IFC file. CIS/2 and IFC are data exchange formats used in the building and construction industries.

Mr. Lipman came to NIST in 1994 and worked in the Information Technology Laboratory in the Scientific Visualization and Mathematical Software Groups.  While in the Scientific Visualization Group he provided scientific visualization services to a wide variety of customers at NIST.

From 1981 to 1994, Mr. Lipman worked at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (formerly the David Taylor Research Center) in the Computational Signatures and Structures Group where he served as Group Leader from 1992 to 1994. He was involved mainly with finite element modeling, analysis, and scientific visualization.

Robert R. Lipman


Research Engineer
Systems Integration Division
Information Modeling and Testing Group


Cornell University, M.Eng., Civil Engineering, 1981

Cornell University, B.S., 1979


Phone: 301-975-3829