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David W. Allen

David Allen has been working at NIST for over 15 years.  Previously, he was responsible for establishing, maintaining, and disseminating national scales of reflectance and transmittance. Current research interests include advancing hyperspectral imaging for critical applications related to medicine, defense, and the environment through the use of optical standards.  He has also been active in supporting efforts to develop end-to-end analysis methodology that integrates standard and best practices for imaging performance metrics.  Recent work has focused on the development of digital tissue phantoms through the use of hyperspectral image projection.


Research projects:


Hyperspectral Image Projector (HIP)

Optical Medical Imaging


Research highlights:

Hyperspectral imaging thumbnail 

Hyperspectral imaging: Shedding new light on wound healing



Research Chemist
Sensor Science Division
Infrared Technology Group

Employment History:

1996-present, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD

1986-1996, Industrial electronics manufacturing


Ph.D. Earth Systems and Geoinfor-
mation Systems (Remote Sensing), George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

M.S. Environmental Biology, Hood College, Frederick, MD

B.A. Chemistry, Hood College, Frederick, MD


Phone: 301-975-3680
Fax: 301-869-5700