Dr. Robert L. Watters, Jr. is a NIST Associate and the Principal Consultant for Global RM Consulting, focusing on strategies for the development and application of reference materials. Working through Trinity Engineering Associates, Inc., and Omega Technical Services, Inc., he has been a consultant to the NBL Program Office within the U.S. Department of Energy since retiring from NIST in 2016, advising the NBL PO on its quality system design and implementation and its certification of reference materials.
From 2004 to January 2016 Dr. Watters was the Associate Director of Measurement Services of the Material Measurement Laboratory. During that time Dr. Watters was also the Director of the Office of Reference Materials (ORM). ORM provides customers with the means to obtain NIST Standard Reference Materials® (SRMs). Dr. Watters has over 39 years of experience at NIST in the development of SRMs and international metrology comparisons.
NIST supports accurate and compatible measurements by certifying and providing over 1300 of the highest quality and metrological value Standard Reference Materials to industry, academia, and government. These materials are used to perform instrument calibrations, validation to verify the accuracy of specific measurements, and to support the development of new measurement methods.
Industry, academia, and government use NIST SRMs to facilitate commerce and trade and to advance research and development. Presently NIST SRMs are currently available for use in areas such as industrial materials production and analysis, environmental analysis, health measurements and basic measurements in science and metrology. NIST SRMs are also one mechanism for supporting measurement traceability in the United States.
Honor and Awards: Dr. Watters was inducted into the NIST Gallery of Distinguished Alumni in 2019. He received the US Department of Commerce Silver Medal in 2009 and the US Department of Commerce Bronze Medal in 1999. He received the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies Governing Board Citation in 1993, and was the Society for Applied Spectroscopy National Tour Speaker in 1987.