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Sriram, Williams Honored as AAAS Fellows

Two scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) were recently elected as 2009 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honor bestowed upon association members by their peers.

Ram D. Sriram and Carl J. Williams are among 531 AAAS members cited "for meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications." The association is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.

Sriram conducts research on standards for interoperability of computer-aided design systems. An engineer in NIST's Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory, he was chosen "for outstanding contributions and technical leadership in developing tools and techniques for engineering design automation."

Williams, a member of the NIST Physics Laboratory and the chief of NIST's Atomic Physics Division, was recognized "for distinguished contributions to the theory of cold atom collisions and small molecule spectroscopy, in particular to ultracold photoassociation spectroscopy and dynamics of ultracold gases."

New fellows will be honored at a Feb. 20 ceremony during the 2009 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Diego, Calif. For more information and the full list of the 2009 AAAS Fellows, visit

Released January 12, 2010, Updated January 25, 2023