Mr. Vest graduated from Brown University in 1991 with a Sc.B in physics. While at Brown, he worked on superconducting edge bolometers for use in solar neutrino detectors. During this time, he also worked on the NIST racetrack microtron and free electron laser project as a control system designer and computer programmer. He came on staff at NIST in 1991 in the far and extreme ultraviolet detector program, making calibration measurements and performing research in the development and characterization of detectors. In 1998 he assumed the leadership of the far and extreme ultraviolet (5 nm to 254 nm) detector program, and in 2011 of the near ultraviolet (200 nm to 500 nm) detector calibration program. He is currently working to transition the EUV program to a newly commissioned synchrotron radiation beamline at SURF III. He continues to perform research in EUV radiometry techniques, technology, and applications and to provide calibration and metrology support to the EUV user community.
In addition to ultraviolet metrology, Mr. Vest contributes metrology experience and expertise in laboratory automation to a broad portfolio of research including the neutron observatory, the development of primary standards for low-flow leak rates and calibrations of leak artifacts, and the calibration program for radiance and radiance temperature.