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2019 Presidential Rank Award




Olthoff is recognized for his leadership and strategic vision both within NIST and in the international metrology community. As former Director of NIST’s Physical Measurement Laboratory and in his current role, overseeing all of NIST’s scientific laboratories as Associate Director for Laboratory Programs, he has led the world’s preeminent measurement science programs, yielding countless innovations and solutions to some of the world’s most challenging technical problems. 


James Olthoff

Associate Director for Laboratory Programs