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Office of the Director

NIST works with the private sector, other government agencies, and universities to develop and apply the technology, measurements and standards needed for new and improved products and services.

Welcome to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). As an agency of the Department of Commerce, NIST plays a key role in enabling the hard work and innovative ideas of the American people to strengthen our infrastructure for innovation to advance manufacturing, service, and science; to promote trade; and to improve public safety and security. This leads to improved quality of life and better and more jobs.

NIST works with the private sector, other government agencies, and universities to develop and apply the technology, measurements and standards needed for new and improved products and services. In short, we help to enable the future. We encourage you to learn more about NIST's activities, how to make use of our products and services, and how to work with NIST.

Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director

Headshot of Walter Copan with an American flag as the background
Credit: NIST

Dr. Walter G. Copan is Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director. As NIST Director, Dr. Copan provides high-level oversight and direction for NIST.

Prior to NIST, Dr. Copan had a distinguished and diverse career as a science and technology executive in large and small corporations, U.S.  government, nonprofit and other public-sector settings.

View Dr. Copan's Bio

Taking Measure Blog

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