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Katherine E. Sharpless (Fed)

Deputy Director of NIST Special Programs Office and Open Access Officer

Katherine came to NIST in 1986 as a University of Maryland graduate student working on organometallic speciation measurements using liquid chromatography coupled to laser-enhanced ionization spectrometry. She began her career at NIST as an analytical chemist, measuring carotenoids and vitamins A and E in human serum. This activity evolved into the measurement of these same analytes in foods. She was responsible for development of many of NIST's food-matrix Standard Reference Materials. Katherine is currently NIST's Open Access Officer, with responsibility for implementation of NIST's Plan for Providing Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research, and the Deputy Director of NIST's Special Programs Office.


NIST Standard Reference Materials Measurement Service Award, 1995
W.J. Youden Award in Interlaboratory Testing, American Statistical Society, 2000
CSTL Technical Achievement Award, 2003
Edward Bennet Rosa Award, 2005
AOAC Fellow, 2007
AOAC Technical Division on Reference Materials' Reference Material Achievement Award, 2007
William P. Slichter Award, 2015
Department of Commerce Gold Medal, 2017


The NIST Plan for Providing Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research

Katherine E. Sharpless, Regina L. Avila, Ronald F. Boisvert, A Kirk Dohne, James Fowler, Rachel B. Glenn, Gretchen Greene, Robert Hanisch, Andrea Medina-Smith, Alan Munter, Julie Petrousky, Yuri Ralchenko, Carolyn D. Rowland, James A. St Pierre, Adam Wunderlich, Jon Zhang
In 2013 White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a memo, "Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research." In

Development of an Improved Standard Reference Material for Folate Vitamers in Human Serum

Johanna Camara, Jeanita Pritchett, Yasmine Daniels, Mary Bedner, Michael Nelson, Mark Lowenthal, Zia Fazili, Christine Pfeiffer, Karen W. Phinney, Katherine E. Sharpless, Lane C. Sander, Katrice Lippa, James H. Yen, Adam Kuszak, Stephen Wise
The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developed a Standard Reference Material® (SRM®) 3949 Folate Vitamers in Frozen Human Serum to

Development of Kudzu (Pueraria montana var. lobata) Reference Materials for the Determination of Isoflavones and Toxic Elements

J. Andreas Lippert, Kate Rimmer, Melissa M. Phillips, Michael Nelson, Chuck Barber, Laura J. Wood, Marie Ale, Kaitlyn Chieh, Stephen Long, Colleen E. Bryan Sallee, Shannon Whitehead, Katherine E. Sharpless, James H. Yen, Danica Raynaud, Joesph Betz, Adam Kuszak, Stephen Wise
As part of a collaboration with the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health (NIH-ODS), the National Institute of Standards and

Metrological Tools for the Reference Materials and Reference Instruments of the NIST Material Measurement Laboratory

Carlos R. Beauchamp, Johanna Camara, Jennifer Carney, Steven J. Choquette, Kenneth D. Cole, Paul C. DeRose, David L. Duewer, Michael Epstein, Margaret Kline, Katrice Lippa, Enrico Lucon, John L. Molloy, Michael Nelson, Karen W. Phinney, Maria Polakoski, Antonio Possolo, Lane C. Sander, John E. Schiel, Katherine E. Sharpless, Michael R. Winchester, Donald Windover
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), formerly the National Bureau of Standards, was established by the U.S. Congress in 1901 and charged
Created October 9, 2019, Updated March 23, 2024