Since 2005, Ms. Benham has served as the nation's focal point for voluntary conversion to the International System of Units (SI), commonly known as the metric system. As Metric Coordinator, she provides information and assistance to Federal, State and Local weights and measures officials, business, industry, educational institutions, and the public concerning the metric system (SI) and identifies opportunities for increasing the understanding and use of the SI measurement system in trade and commerce. Ms. Benham has been recognized with a 2011 Arthur S. Flemming Award for her leadership in the effort to persuade U.S. states to amend their laws and regulations to permit manufacturers and retailers to voluntarily use metric units on their packaging. Ms. Benham is actively involved in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and outreach activities. She collaborates with K-12 educators to integrate metric system and measurement science principles into the classroom.
In 2008, Ms. Benham and the Laboratory Metrology Program team were recognized for leadership in creating a comprehensive U.S. program for State weights and measures laboratories to ensure the validity of commercial transactions, an accomplishment that earned her the NIST Bronze Medal for Superior Federal Service. Ms. Benham works with state and county standard calibration laboratories to ensure management system compliance to ISO/IEC 17025 and NIST HB 143 during an annual recognition process.
As an instructor within the OWM International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) accredited training program, Ms. Benham conducts training on a wide variety of laboratory management system topics, including the Laboratory Administration Workshop, Conducting an Effective Management Review Webinar, Internal Auditing Best Practices Webinar, Document Control and Record Keeping Webinar, and Contract Review Webinar.
Ms. Benham's areas of expertise include: Metrication, Measurement Conversion, ISO/IEC 17025 Laboratory Management System Implementation, Laboratory Assessment, Proficiency Testing, Strategic Planning, Succession Planning, Project Management, Technical Writing, Instructional Design, Adult Education, Train the Trainer, and Education Outreach.
Ms. Benham contributes to the successful implementation of the following program missions: