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Zeeshan Ahmed

A world class spectroscopist by training, Zeeshan Ahmed joined the Thermodynamic Metrology Group at NIST in 2012. His primary research activities focus on the development of novel, disruptive technologies that aim to replace legacy based measurement platform. Specifically, his research is focused on the development of photonic sensor technology for temperature, humidity, and dynamic pressure sensing. This line of inquiry seeks to develop a cost-effective, integrated multi-functional photonic sensor package with self-calibration capabilities. Our goal is to develop portable sensors that could be utilized in a wide range of applications ranging from advance manufacturing to citizen scientist initiatives. For more details, see Photonic Thermometry and Dynamic Pressure webpages.

Aside from photonics work, Zeeshan’s research interests include on-chip spectroscopy and innovative uses of 3D-printing technology.


  • 2015 Equal Employment Opportunity/Diversity Award
  • 2009 National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associateship


Research Projects:

Zeeshan Ahmed


Research Chemist
Sensor Science Division
Thermodynamic Metrology Group

Employment History:

2009-present, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD


Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

B.Sc. Chemistry, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA


Phone: 301-975-5875
Email: zeeshan.ahmed@nist.gov