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New Chair, Vice Chair Elected to NIST Policy Advisory Group

A new chair and vice chair have been elected to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT), the agency's primary private-sector policy advisory group.

The new chair is James W. Serum, president of SciTek Ventures, a consulting company that works with early stage technology companies. The new vice chair is Vinton G. Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google, where he identifies new enabling technologies and applications on the Internet and other platforms. Their terms start on April 1 and last for two years. The two were elected by the members of VCAT. The VCAT was established by Congress in 1988 to review and make recommendations on NIST's policies, organization, budget and programs.

The next NIST VCAT meeting will be held on June 10-11 in Boulder, Colo. VCAT meetings are open to the public. For more information, see

Released February 19, 2008, Updated January 13, 2023