Lloyd Whitman, Deputy Director of the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), has been detailed to the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) to serve as the Interim Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO). He will lead the coordination and integration of the scientific research components of the National Nanotechnology Initiative. He will also assist the co-chairs of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology Subcommittee under the NSTC with long-range planning, coordinating with agencies and other NSTC groups and coordination offices. Lloyd will lead the NNCO until a new Director is in place (which is expected to be within 6 months). His appointment follows the recent retirement of NNCO Director Dr. Robert Pohanka.
"Lloyd's broad background in nanotechnology and long involvement with the National Nanotechnology Initiative will help to maintain the Initiative's important work in this economically important domain of science and technology, and will ensure a smooth transition while we conduct a national search for the next NNCO Director," said Dr. Altaf (Tof) Carim, Assistant Director for Nanotechnology at the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Dr. Whitman has been a representative for both the Department of Defense and for NIST on the National Science and Technology Council, Subcommittee on Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET). Since December 2012 has served as Co-Chair of the NSET.