Albert J. Wavering III is the acting deputy director of National Institute of Standards & Technology's Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory. There, he is responsible for laboratory operations and assists the director in establishing its strategic direction. Over the course of his 24-year career at NIST, Wavering has made significant technical and leadership contributions to performance metrics, test methods and standards for advanced manufacturing. His accomplishments over the years have helped advance such technologies as state-of-the-art sensor-based robot control and manufacturing equipment interoperability. Wavering, who joined SME in 1984, is currently a member of the SME Education Foundation's Board of Directors. In 1996, he was awarded SME's Philip R. Marsilius Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award.