Oliver Slattery has worked as a physicist at NIST since 1998. He holds B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics (Department of Physics and Energy) from the University of Limerick (UL) in Ireland and a M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering (Photonics Specialty, Applied Physics Laboratory) from the Johns Hopkins University in Maryland.
Upon arriving at NIST, he worked primarily on the NIST Rotating Wheel Braille Display and Tactile Display project and was part of the team that won a 2001 R&D 100 award and 2003 Department of Commerce (DoC) bronze medal for that project.
From 2001 to 2006, he was involved in the Data Preservation Project in the Digital Media Group, during which time he served as Chair of the DVD Compatibility Committee at the Optical Storage Technology Association and as Chair of the Government Information Preservation Working Group.
In 2006, Dr. Slattery joined NIST's Quantum Communications Project in the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL). He is currently involved in single-photon research and development for quantum communication applications. He was part of the team that won a DoC bronze medal in 2015 for the development of single-photon frequency conversion systems. In 2018, Dr. Slattery was appointed leader of the Quantum Communications Project.
The DoC bronze medal is the highest award NIST offers to its staff.