A Message from the MML Director
It was a difficult decision to leave a beloved institution where so much of my professional development has been nurtured, and where I have so many close scientific collaborations and personal relationships. Ultimately, my decision to join UMD hinged on the job’s rich opportunities for developing and nurturing new research programs and partnerships. Fortunately, these duties at the University of Maryland will mean frequent interactions with NIST.
My years at NIST have been fulfilling, creative, and full of engaging technical challenges and wonderful friendships. I have loved almost every day in every job that I have worked in at NIST. Even those days that I have found to be most challenging provided me with great opportunity for learning and growing.
I have particularly enjoyed serving as MML Director working with so many people across the Laboratory to foster a culture of openness, inclusiveness, and technical and administrative excellence. We have created a thriving and reinvigorated MML, become a critical player in the Materials Genome Initiative, and launched our own Office of Data and Informatics. We have greatly expanded our portfolio in biomanufacturing and precision medicine, and continued our outstanding work providing critical support for accurate measurements for commodities trading, physical infrastructure, chemical monitoring, and national security. We have built a strong leadership team across MML with a unified innovative strategy.
We have achieved all this in just a few short years because of the dedication of NIST staff to the NIST mission and support of world-class science. Going forward, the MML Strategic Plan will continue to guide our efforts. Our plan is resilient to change, because it continues to be aligned with national priorities.
It has been a pleasure to work with such an amazing staff in MML and at NIST. I am confident that MML will be in good hands going forward, and look forward to seeing it continue to excel in fulfilling its vital mission.