Michael E. Newman
Clemson University, Bachelor of Science, Microbiology, 1978
Baylor College of Medicine, Completed one year toward Ph.D. in Virology, 1978–1979
University of Houston, Bachelor of Arts, Communications, 1981
- Engineering Laboratory (building and fire research, community resilience, disaster and failure studies, energy, manufacturing, robotics, and systems and process engineering)
- Communications Technology Laboratory - Gaithersburg, Md., research group (spectrum sharing and optimization, next-generation 5G wireless, wireless networking)
Michael E. Newman is currently senior communications officer at NIST where he specializes in communicating with the media and the public about science and engineering research. A native of Houston, Texas, Newman originally planned a career as a research scientist but chose instead to combine his love of science and technology with a passion for writing and storytelling.
Newman came to NIST in 1991 as director of media relations and led the agency’s outreach to the news media for the next 16 years. Prior to NIST, he worked as a reporter for the Houston Chronicle, a medical TV writer/producer for the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, a features reporter at an NPR affiliate, an ABC-TV news producer, an audiovisual production manager and media spokesperson for a Fortune 500 oil and gas company, and a press officer/science writer for the National Cancer Institute.
From 2002–2008, he served as communications director and spokesman for NIST’s scientific and technical investigation into the collapses of three World Trade Center buildings following the terrorist attacks on 9/11.
Newman is an active member of the D.C. Science Writers Association and the National Association of Science Writers, for which he serves as co-chairperson of the Public Information Officers Committee. He also is a member of the board of directors for the Baltimore-Washington Clemson University Alumni Club.
- 2016: Telly Awards, Silver Award as a member of the production team for a program about the NIST digital manufacturing project
- 2015: National Association of Government Communicators, Blue Pencil First Place Award for coordinating the Science.gov Trivia Challenge outreach effort on Twitter
- 2014: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bronze Medal for helping produce videos used in the interactive visitor exhibits at NIST’s Maryland and Colorado facilities
- 2013: National Association of Science Writers, Diane McGurgan Award for dedication and volunteer service to the organization
- 2012: The Videograper Awards, Award of Excellence for writing and producing a program on a NIST algorithm for quantum computers
- 2005: U.S. Department of Commerce, Gold Medal for communications efforts supporting the World Trade Center investigation
- 2003: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bronze Medal for communications efforts supporting the World Trade Center investigation
- 1987: American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Journalism Award of Excellence for a feature article on dental implants
- 1986: Society for Technical Communication, International Technical Communications Competition Award of Achievement for a feature article on osteoporosis
- 1984: International Television Association, Award of Excellence for writing and producing a program on the Texas Heart Institute