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35 Local Residents Earn NIST Bronze Medal Awards

For Immediate Release: December 1, 1999

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Contact: Mark Bello
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For contributions ranging from creating an international database of measurement comparisons to developing a training program on lean manufacturing, 35 employees and one organization of the National Institute of Standards and Technology were honored today with Bronze Medal Awards, the highest honorary recognition given by NIST.

Initiated in 1966, the award recognizes work that has resulted in more effective and efficient management systems. It also acknowledges efforts that demonstrate unusual initiative or creative ability leading to improved methods or that contribute significantly to the performance of NIST’s major programs.

The following local residents received Bronze Medal Awards:

  • Julie A. Borchers, Physicist, Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory;

  • Mary C. Brady, Computer Scientist, Information Technology Laboratory;

  • William Dinis Camara, Computer Science Trainee, Technology Services;

  • Pamela M. Chu, Research Chemist, Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory;

  • Geraldine R. Dalton, Computer Specialist, Technology Services;

  • Peter O. Denno, Computer Scientist, Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory;

  • Brian P. Dougherty, Mechanical Engineer, Building and Fire Research Laboratory;

  • James R. Ehrstein, Leader, Thin-Film Metrology Group, Electronics and Electrical Engineering Laboratory;

  • Christopher J. Evans, Mechanical Engineer, Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory;

  • Glenn P. Forney, Computer Scientist, Building and Fire Research Laboratory;

  • John D. Gillaspy, Leader, Plasma Radiation Group, Physics Laboratory;

  • Jeffrey W. Gilman, Research Chemist, Building and Fire Research Laboratory;

  • Donna K. Harman, Manager, Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval Group, Information Technology Laboratory;

  • Joseph T. Hodges, Mechanical Engineer, Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory;

  • Geneva K. James, Information Activities Assistant, National Quality Program;

  • Nora H. Jason, Technical Information Specialist, Building and Fire Research Laboratory;

  • Janet B. Juras, Writer-Editor, National Quality Program;

  • Edward A. Kornegay, Electronic Technician, Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory;

  • Robert D. Larrabee, Supervisory Physicist, Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory (retired);

  • Zachary H. Levine, Physicist, Physics Laboratory;

  • J. Patrick Looney, Physicist, Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory;

  • Michael L. McGlauflin, Engineering Technician, Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory;

  • Marian F. McCurley, Physical Scientist, Office of the Director (resigned);

  • Yoshihiro Ohno, Electronics Engineer, Physics Laboratory;

  • James E. Potzick, Physicist, Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory;

  • Fredric E. Scire, Mechanical Engineer, Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory;

  • Louise D. Shannon, Administrative Officer, Advanced Technology Program;

  • Richard M. Silver, Physicist, Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory;

  • Jeanne L. Springmann, Computer Specialist, Information Technology Laboratory;

  • Maria E. Stopher, Industrial Specialist, Manufacturing Extension Partnership;

  • Jeffrey W. Stansbury, Research Chemist, Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory;

  • Charles P. Sturrock, Physical Scientist, Technology Services;

  • Nancy M. Trahey, Supervisory Physical Scientist, Technology Services;

  • Roger D. Van Zee, Research Chemist, Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory; and

  • Robert L. Watters, Jr., Physical Scientist, Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory.


In addition, an organizational award was given to a team of 19 Plant Division staff members who operate NIST’s Steam and Chilled Water Generation Plant and are responsible for maintaining stable environmental conditions in NIST’s laboratories and other facilities. Many research activities and services carried out at NIST require temperature, humidity, and other environmental variables to be maintained at constant levels.

As a non-regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Technology Administration, NIST strengthens the U.S. economy and improves the quality of life by working with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements and standards through four partnerships: the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the Measurement and Standards Laboratories, the Advanced Technology Program, and the Baldrige National Quality Program.