The Engineering Laboratory has an annual budget of $90 million, 260 employees, and about 200 guest researchers from industry, universities, and foreign laboratories. It is the primary federal laboratory serving the U.S. manufacturing, construction, and infrastructure industries. The Laboratory promotes innovation and industrial competitiveness in areas of critical national priority by anticipating and meeting the measurement science and standards needs for technology-intensive manufacturing, construction, and cyber-physical systems. The Laboratory's strategic goals are:
Dr. Sunder also:
Dr. Sunder was appointed to the U.S. Senior Executive Service in 2005. He has held a succession of positions at NIST including: Manager of the High-Performance Construction Materials and Systems Program (1994-1996), Analyst and Senior Program Analyst in the Office of the NIST Director (1996-1997), Chief of the Structures Division and then the Materials and Construction Research Division (1998-2005), Acting Deputy Director and then Deputy Director of the Building and Fire Research Laboratory (2004-2007), and Acting Director and then Director of the Building and Fire Research Laboratory (2006-2010). Prior to joining NIST in 1994, he served on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for thirteen years.
Dr. Sunder holds an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and master's and doctor of science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has received several awards, including the Gold Medal Award for distinguished leadership from the U.S. Department of Commerce in 2005.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sc.D., Structural Engineering, 1981
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, S.M., Civil Engineering, 1979
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, B. Tech., (Honors), Civil Engineering, 1977