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James Olthoff

Dr. Olthoff joined NIST's Applied Electrical Measurements Group in 1987. In 2001, he became chief of the Quantum Electrical Metrology Division, which maintained the low-frequency electrical standards for the United States. In 2007, Olthoff became deputy director of NIST's Electronics and Electrical Engineering Laboratory, which was responsible for all fundamental U.S. electrical and laser standards and research, and provided essential metrology support to the U.S. semiconductor and photo electronic industries. In 2011, he became PML's Deputy Director for Measurement Services, responsible for oversight of all calibration services at NIST.

Olthoff received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Maryland in 1985 in the area of atomic, molecular and optical physics. He then held a two-year appointment at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine before arriving at NIST. He has authored or co-authored more than 120 publications and has co-authored or edited four books.

James Olthoff


Physical Measurement Laboratory

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