Dr. Chin's professional experience prior to joining NIST in 1995 as a Materials Research Engineer includes employment as a research scientist with Gould, Inc., Foil Division, Cleveland, OH, 1986-1989; as a research associate with the Chemistry Department of Virginia Tech, 1989-1994; and as a post-doctoral research associate in the Materials Science Department of Virginia Tech, 1994-1995. She also has consulted for the Ordnance Systems Operations of Babcock and Wilcox (Lynchburg, VA) and has worked as a student intern at Dow Chemical (Granville, OH) and the Standard Oil Company (Cleveland, OH).
Dr. Chin has led research on the durability and service lives of polymeric materials used in building and construction applications and has developed accelerated aging protocols and novel methods for the simulation of outdoor weathering. Dr. Chin is a co-recipient of the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal in 2002 for the development of the NIST integrating sphere-based weathering device, on which she also holds a U.S. patent. She has also received Best Paper and Best Presentation Awards from ASTM Committee D30 on Composites Materials in 1996, and the American Society of Composites in 2001, respectively. In 2004 Dr. Chin and co-authors were awarded 1st place in the Roon Foundation Award Competition, sponsored by the Federation of the Societies for Coatings Technology, for their work on high radiant flux UV exposures and polymer photodegradation. Dr. Chin is also the recipient of the Federation of the Societies for Coatings Technology's 2005 Technical Focus Award, for her work in service life prediction and accelerated aging of polymeric materials. She is also a co-recipient of the Department of Commerce Gold Medal in 2010 for being part of a NIST team that revealed root causes of field failure in soft body armor and developed standards to address them.