Michal J Chojnacky
Michal Chojnacky joined the Thermodynamic Metrology Group in 2009. She is responsible for realizing, maintaining, and disseminating the International Temperature Scale of 1990 from the Ar TP (83.8 K) to the Ag FP (1234.9 K). She provides customers from industry and NMIs with standard platinum resistance thermometer calibrations, fixed-point cell certifications, and other inter-laboratory comparison tests. Ms. Chojnacky maintains and advances a peer-reviewed Quality Management System; assesses the Quality Management Systems of other temperature calibration facilities; and administers proficiency tests required for NVLAP stakeholder accreditation. Internationally, she has served as the technical lead and pilot laboratory for a large-scale inter-comparison (CCT-K9) to determine degrees of equivalence amongst 16 NMIs, an effort critical to preserving international trade.
Ms. Chojnacky researches methods for effective temperature-controlled storage and monitoring of vaccines. She has published papers on topics including thermal analysis of various refrigeration systems and their suitability for vaccine storage, safe cold storage and handling practices, and accurate temperature monitoring methods. She has been invited to share her findings in presentations at Centers for Disease Control-sponsored conferences and other continuing education courses, and is currently a voting member of the NSF Joint Committee on Vaccine Storage.
NIST Judson C. French (2013): For creating an internationally accepted NVLAP proficiency test program that enables U.S. industry to compete in the global marketplace (w/ S. Bruce, K. Garrity, G. Strouse, and D. Olson)
Arthur S. Flemming Award (2012): For translating laboratory research in temperature measurement to public health clinics and primary care physician offices. Ms. Chojnacky developed a suite of tools and training materials that are dramatically improving vaccine storage, handling and monitoring, helping to ensure the potency of vaccines distributed each year around the world.
DoC Silver Medal (2011): For solving vaccine cold‐chain management problems that were rendering nearly two‐thirds of CDC's vaccine stock ineffective (w/ G. Strouse)