Darren L. Lowe is an information technology specialist in the Engineering Laboratory Systems Administration (ELSA) of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Mr. Lowe joined the Building and Fire Research Laboratory (BFRL) at NIST in January 1989. In the early part of his career with BFRL, Mr. Lowe was involved with projects, such as, ASTM Surface Flammability test methods, large-scale smoke movement and control experiments, mass fire studies in Ontario, Canada, HAZARD I fire model validation studies, Water Mist Fire Suppression, USAF Halon Replacement, and large-scale aircraft hangar fire studies sponsored by the U.S Navy. His tasks in these projects included design and installation of instrumentation packages, formulating test protocols, creating data acquisition methods, and manipulation of test data.
Since 1995, Mr. Lowe's work has been dedicated to IT systems support, web site development and maintenance, network administration, and IT security. Darren has received advanced training in various fields of web site development, programming and systems administration.
In 2001, Mr. Lowe received the "Making a Measurable Difference at NIST" award for his work with the Small Business Innovation Research Program at NIST. This effort included the development of a web-based application designed to improve communications and knowledge management between SBIR and their customers.
Mr. Lowe was the lead representative for BFRL on the NIST Information Technology Planning Board, IT Security Working Group, and NIST Information Coordinators. Mr. Lowe was also involved with accessing Web 2.0 technologies and the potential benefit within BFRL.