Cita M. Furlani has been named director of the Information Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Furlani brings a broad range of management and information technology (IT) expertise to her new position. Prior to being named director of ITL, Furlani was NIST's chief information officer and advised the NIST director on the planning, execution, evaluation and delivery of IT services and support.
Previously, Furlani served on detail from NIST as director of the National Coordination Office for Information Technology Research and Development, which reported to the White House. Other positions include serving as director of the Information Technology and Electronics Office within NIST's Advanced Technology Program (ATP) and coordinating Department of Commerce activities in the area of enterprise integration. Furlani also served as acting director of ATP. Furlani's educational background includes a Master of Science degree in electronics and computer engineering from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics and mathematics from Texas Christian University.