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Catherine Cooksey (Fed)

Catherine Cooksey is a research chemist in the Sensor Science Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. She is responsible for maintaining the national scale for transmittance as well as conducting and managing transmittance calibrations. Catherine’s research activities include advancing transmittance and reflectance measurement methods and the application of those methods to various measurement challenges.

In 2022, Catherine served on the leadership team of the Digital NIST Pilot Project, a NIST-wide collaboration aimed assessing scope and challenges of digital transformation for NIST measurement services. She received a NIST Bronze Medal Award for establishing an accurate database of human skin reflectance measurements for wavelengths ranging from the shortwave infrared to the ultraviolet spectral region and a Judson C. French Award for improving the NIST reflectance measurement services in 2018.

Catherine is currently serving as the NIST Deputy Quality Manager and the U.S. Delegate to the Inter-American Metrology System (SIM) Quality System Task Force (QSTF). She previously served as the Quality Manager of measurement services in NIST's Sensor Science Division for 12 years.


Research projects


Radiative Decay Rate and Branching Fractions of MgF

Eric Norrgard, Catherine Cooksey, Stephen Eckel, Nickolas Pilgram, Kayla Rodriguez, Howard W. Yoon, Yuly Andrea Chamorro Mena, Lukáš Pašteka, Anastasia Borschevsky
Here we report measured and calculated values of radiative decay rates and vibrational branching fractions for the A$^2\Pi$ state of MgF. The decay rate
Created June 4, 2019, Updated April 16, 2024