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Seven Local Residents Honored with NIST Crittenden Award

Seven local employees of the National Institute of Standards and Technology were honored today with the Eugene Casson Crittenden Award. The award, established in 1967, recognizes superior achievement by employees who perform supporting services.

  • Lucile B. Smith, BLADENSBURG, Md., Motor Vehicle Operator, Administration: Smith is recognized for 35 years as a dedicated and professional driver within the transportation group of NIST’s Facilities Services Division.
  • Sharon A. Ray, DAMASCUS, Md., Construction Representative, Administration: Ray is recognized for managing the Plant Division Safety and Environmental Programs, and acting as contracting officer for NIST construction projects.
  • Mary V. Sigler, KEYMAR, Md., Custodial Worker, Administration: Sigler is recognized for outstanding contributions to NIST janitorial operations.
  • Cynthea D. Payne, LIBERTYTOWN, Md., Civilian Pay Technician, Administration: Payne is recognized for exemplary service to NIST in processing payroll, leave transfer, and time and attendance.
  • Donald L. Strawsburg, MYERSVILLE, Md., Supervisory Police Officer, Administration: Strawsburg is recognized for responsive, professional service in support of NIST physical security operations.
  • Sandy A. Gray, THURMONT, Md., Administrative Office Assistant, Administration: Gray is recognized for providing dedicated, outstanding service to the NIST Conference Program.
  • Catherine J. Parker, WALKERSVILLE, Md., Administrative Support/Controlled Correspondence Assistant, Office of the Director: Parker, now with the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Commerce, is recognized for having efficiently and thoroughly processed an average of 300 time-critical incoming actions to the NIST Director’s office.

As a non-regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Technology Administration, NIST promotes economic growth by working with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements and standards through four partnerships: the Measurement and Standards Laboratories, the Advanced Technology Program, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the Baldrige National Quality Program.

Released December 9, 1998, Updated November 27, 2017