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Associate Director for Laboratory Programs

Advancing trust in measurement and technology in service to the nation

NIST researchers Elizabeth Strychalski and David Ross program the robotic arm that operates within the box-like structure of the NIST biofoundry.
Credit: J. Stoughton/NIST

Imagine a world where measurements are precise, data flows securely, and materials push the boundaries of possibility. This is the reality we create with our dedicated minds and cutting-edge programs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). 

 NIST has labs that focus on different kinds of measurements—from physical things like pressure and humidity to those necessary for information and communication technology. We also have programs that connect our research to industry. 

The people of NIST—including five Nobel Prize winners—have been at the forefront of scientific exploration for more than 120 years. That groundbreaking research happens in our labs. 

In addition to managing grant programs, the Associate Director for Laboratory Programs (ADLP) oversees NIST’s six labs:

  • NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR): Neutrons are unseen giants that reveal the inner workings of materials. NCNR provides researchers with this powerful probe, unlocking secrets of new technologies like biopharmaceuticals or advanced electronics.
  • Material Measurement Laboratory (MML): MML develops methods to understand and predict material behavior, pushing the limits of performance and safety.
  • Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL): CTL advances the measurement science behind wireless technologies in computer chips, antennas and more. Their work means higher speeds, better connections and broader access for everyone’s wireless devices.
  • Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML): PML defines the scales that underpin science and industry. Whether it’s the weight of a feather to the speed of light, they ensure accuracy and trust in every measurement.
  • Engineering Laboratory (EL): EL safeguards lives and infrastructure. They test, analyze and innovate, helping to make buildings earthquake-resistant and fabrics safe from fires. 
  • Information Technology Laboratory (ITL): ITL champions cybersecurity, data privacy and artificial intelligence trustworthiness. They craft standards, tools and best practices to navigate the ever-evolving digital landscape.

The ADLP also manages several offices and programs within NIST that play an important role in our research and beyond our labs: 

Associate Director, Laboratory Programs

charles romine

Dr. Charles H. Romine is the Associate Director for Laboratory Programs. As ADLP, he provides direction and operational guidance for NIST's scientific and technical laboratory programs and serves as principal deputy to the Undersecretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director, among other duties. 


DEPUTY Associate Director, Laboratory Programs


Hannah Brown is the Deputy Associate Director for Laboratory Programs. In this role, she serves as the principal supervisor for the Standards Coordination Office, Special Programs Office and Research Protections Office. She also advises the ADLP on issues within the six laboratories, budget development and interagency and outreach activities.

News and Updates

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