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Melissa Midzor (Fed)

Melissa Midzor leads the new Spectrum Technology and Research Division at NIST, developing innovative measurement methods and tools to promote novel and efficient use of spectrum through improved access, sharing, atmospheric sensing, and precision timing.  The division creates new metrology for spectrum sharing and sensing, that drive data-driven decisions for federal and industry to improve use of this limited national resource.

Dr. Midzor works closely with federal agencies and industry to meet emerging spectrum sharing challenges.  She is the Program Manager for the National Advanced Spectrum and Communications Test Network (NASCTN), a multi-agency organization founded in 2015 to improve opportunities for successful spectrum sharing through accurate, reliable, and unbiased measurements and analyses.  Members include NIST, NTIA, DoD, NSF, NOAA, and NASA, and the program office hosted at NIST Boulder, CO.   Dr. Midzor also serves as the Co-Chair for the Advanced Wireless Test Platform (AWTP) interagency working group,  formed in 2020 to help the Nation address research challenges and opportunities for improving access and coordination of nationwide wireless test platforms.

Prior to NIST, Dr. Midzor served as the Division Director for Electronic Warfare Integrated Laboratories at NAVAIR.  She brings over 15 years of experience in Electronic Warfare and RF Spectrum compatibility for military systems across the Joint Services, and was the Senior Scientific Technology Manager (SSTM) of EW of NAVAIR. She also served 2 years in the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense (AT&L) R&E Electronic Warfare and Countermeasures Office (EWCO).

Dr. Midzor is a member of IEEE and the Association of Old Crows (AOC).

Selected Publications


  • # 6,676,813, “Technology for fabrication of a micromagnet on a tip of MFM/MRFM probe”



  • Allen V. Astin Award  (NIST)
  • Warfighter Support Award (Dept of Navy, NAVAIR)
  • Clifton Evans Memorial Award for Electronic Warfare (Dept of Navy, NAVAIR)


Characterizing LTE User Equipment Emissions: Factor Screening

Jason Coder, Adam Wunderlich, Michael R. Frey, Paul T. Blanchard, Dan Kuester, Azizollah Kord, Max Lees, Aric Sanders, Jolene Splett, Lucas N. Koepke, Rob Horansky, Duncan McGillivray, John M. Ladbury, Jeffrey T. Correia, Venkatesh Ramaswamy, Jerediah Fevold, Shawn Lefebre, Jacob K. Johnson, John Carpenter, Mark Lofquist, Keith Hartley, Melissa Midzor
Characterizations of long-term evolution (LTE) user equipment (UE) emissions are a key ingredient in models of interference between wireless cellular networks
Created October 23, 2018, Updated December 9, 2022