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2017 Presidential Rank Award




Dr. Cavanagh is recognized for his leadership of NIST's effort to strengthen the science that underpins the forensic evidence used in the U.S. criminal justice system. These efforts have laid the foundation for addressing the growing concern about the scientific foundation, measurement rigor, and statistical validity of the evidence presented in U.S. courts for convicting the guilty and exonerating the innocent.


Richard Cavanagh

Director, Special Programs Office
Laboratory Programs