Elham Tabassi is the acting Chief of Staff in the Information Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. As a scientist she has been working on various biometric research, evaluation and standards since 1999. She is the principal architect of NIST Fingerprint Image Quality (NFIQ) which is now an international standard for measuring fingerprint image quality and has been deployed in many large scale biometric applications worldwide.
She has been a technical contributor and editor of several international biometric standards and has successfully advocated for quantitative evidence-based development as the cornerstone for the development of biometric data interchange standards. She received the Department of Commerce Gold Medal in 2003 and the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal in 2007, in recognition of the impact of her innovations in fingerprint analysis. She received the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal in 2010, ANSI’s 2012 Next Generation Award, and the Women in Biometrics Award in 2016 for her contributions to biometrics. She is a member of OSAC Friction Ridge subcommittee and co-chairs FIDO Biometrics Certification working group.