James M. Turner, deputy director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has named three distinguished experts from industry and academia to serve on the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT), the agency's primary private-sector policy advisory group. The new VCAT members—who will serve three-year terms—bring the body's number to 10.
New member Peter Green, president in 2006 of the Materials Research Society, is Vincent T. and Gloria M. Gorguze Professor of Engineering and Department Chair at the University of Michigan, where he also holds a professorship in chemical engineering, macromolecular science and engineering.
Pradeep Khosla, whose previous positions include program manager at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is currently the dean of the Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering, as well as the Philip and Marsha Dowd University Professor in the College of Engineering and School of Computer Science.
Alan Taub is the executive director in charge of GM Research & Development and oversees GM's seven science laboratories around the world. He also has responsibility for GM's advanced technical work activity and runs GM's global technology collaboration network.
The VCAT was established by Congress in 1988 to review and make recommendations on NIST's policies, organization, budget and programs and most recently amended by the 2007 America COMPETES Act. The VCAT chair is James W. Serum, president of SciTek Ventures, and the vice chair is Vinton G. Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google.
For a list of all members and more information, please see the NIST VCAT Web site (www.nist.gov/director/vcat/).