Fifty local employees of the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) were honored with the Departmental Bronze Medal in ceremonies held Dec. 5, 2007. NIST Acting Director James Turner and Acting Deputy Director Richard Kayser presented the awards, assisted by other Institute officials.
The Bronze Medal Award, the highest honorary recognition given by the Institute, was initiated in 1966 and is given for significant performance characterized by outstanding or significant contributions that have increased the efficiency and effectiveness of NIST. Receiving the award were:
For outstanding contributions in financial management at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and their customer bureaus.
For exceptional contributions to the theory of nanomaterials, semiconductor quantum wells, quantum wires, quantum dots and nanocrystallites.
For facilitating numerous Baldrige Award Process innovations and for outstanding leadership of multiple teams within the Baldrige Program.
For leadership in the development of programs, facilities and partnerships in infrared and optical radiation measurement and standards.
For insightful neutron scattering studies that have elucidated the nanoscale structure and dynamics of relaxor ferroelectrics.
For leadership in the development and application of neutron activation analysis as a primary method of chemical analysis.
For leadership and initiative in spearheading new standards that are helping overcome time synchronization issues on the semiconductor factory floor.
For work on the development of the NIST Chemistry WebBook as a principal tool for chemical data access on the Internet.
For sustained achievements and excellence in providing outstanding technical support for machine tool metrology and performance standards.
For demonstrating personal and professional excellence in using hiring flexibilities and automated hiring systems to recruit and retain world-class talent at NIST.
For exceptional innovation in development and application of measurement methods enabling dimensional and compositional characterization at the nanoscale.
For revitalizing the RF-dc difference calibration service, making it significantly more efficient with seven-fold lower uncertainties.
For conceiving, leading, developing and fielding the Windows XP Professional Security Benchmarks.
For the development of new buckling-based methods for measuring the mechanical properties of thin films.
For excellent measurement science resulting in ASTM C1365-06–standard test method for portland cement X-ray diffraction phase determination.
For outstanding achievement in the development of biometric image quality standards and technologies that enhance the reliability and interoperability of commercial and government identity management systems.
For leadership of neutron scattering studies of metal hydride systems for practical hydrogen storage.
For leadership in creating NVLAP's quality management system and ensuring worldwide acceptance of NVLAP accreditations in support of commerce and trade.
For innovative design and implementation of electronic systems for neutron instrumentation.
All the members of this group are from the Office of the Chief Information Officer. For leadership in significantly improving the usability and supportability of NIST-wide IT services by implementing the Enterprise Password System.
For the development of online resources and outreach activities that advance macromolecular mass spectrometry as a quantitative analytical tool.
All the members of this group are from the Building and Fire Research Laboratory in Gaithersburg, Md. One member not listed is from the Electronics and Electrical Engineering Laboratory in Boulder, Colo. For completing complex full-scale and live fire experiments to characterize performance of PPV and RFID systems for fire fighters.
For contributions to the first-ever assessment of the U.S. measurement system's ability to sustain innovation at a world-leading pace.