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Dr. Paul D. Domich

Dr. Paul D. Domich is a Guest Researcher for the Engineering Laboratory (EL) Office Headquarters at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Dr. Domich began is career at NIST in 1977 while completing a B.A. in Mathematics with an emphasis in computer science from the University of Colorado (1979).  He received an M.S. (1983) and a Ph.D. (1985) in Operations Research from Cornell University.  In 1986, he completed a one-year postdoc at the Université de Lovain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.  He held positions as a Mathematician and an Operations Research Analyst.

In 1991, he was selected to serve on the NIST Research Advisory Committee and chaired the 1993 Committee.  He became the Assistant Director for Boulder for the Information Technology Laboratory in 1994 and served as Acting Deputy Director for the Information Technology Laboratory in Gaithersburg, MD and Boulder, CO from June 1998 until September 1999.  Paul received a Department of Commerce Bronze Medal award in December 1999 for his efforts to improve information technology services at NIST.

In April 2000, he was appointed Acting Director, NIST Boulder Laboratories.  Appointed by Dr. Neal Lane to the National Science and Technology Council in August 2000, he served in both the Clinton and Bush White House as a senior policy analyst for Information Technology (IT) in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).  There he was responsible for the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC), policy issues in the information technology sector, and the Federal IT research and development program.  In the months after 9/11, he served on the OSTP team in crafting the U.S. response to the anthrax threat and the role of information technology in fighting the war on terrorism.

Paul returned as Assistant Director for Boulder in November 2001 and served as lead technical staff on an institute-wide strategic planning team for Information and Knowledge Management, an effort recognized by a U.S. Department of Commerce Certificate of Appreciation for his extraordinary effort, contributions, and leadership in developing the NIST 2010 Strategic Plan.

In 2003, Paul joined the Building and Fire Research Laboratory as Associate Director responsible for automation and information technology, and homeland security.  Currently he serves as Executive Secretary on the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Interagency Working Group on Physical Structures and Systems, and is a member of the Infrastructure Subcommittee of the NSTC.  Paul also serves on the NIST Strategic Working Group for Homeland Security.



Guest Researcher
Engineering Laboratory
Laboratory Office


Cornell University, Ph.D., Operations Research, 1985

Cornell University, M.S., Operations Research, 1983

University of Colorado, B.A., Mathematics, 1979


Phone: 301-975-2586
Email: paul.domich@nist.gov