Statistical Engineering

The Statistical Engineering Division (SED), founded in 1946, develops and applies statistical and probabilistic methods and techniques supporting research in measurement science, technology, and the production of standard reference materials.


  • As of July 2014 Antonio Possolo has been promoted to the rank of NIST Fellow. The honorific "NIST Fellow" is the highest technical rank that NIST can bestow, and this honor recognizes Antonio's contributions and leadership in a wide range of NIST mission areas. As part of his new duties Antonio will serve as the Chief Statistician for NIST.

  • Nien-fan Zhang was recognized with a 2013 R&D 100 Award, for joint work with Bryan Barnes, Rick Silver, and Hui Zhou for developing a Quantitative Hybrid Metrology (QHM) system that is already being used in optical measurement. Called the "Oscars of Innovation", the R&D 100 Awards recognize and celebrate the top 100 technology products of the year. QHM is the first technology that rigorously combines two or more different measurement techniques into an integrated procedure achieving reduced overall measurement uncertainty and optimized measurement throughput.


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