Dr. Steven Choquette is the Director of the Office of Reference Materials, NIST. In this position, he oversees a diverse Standard Reference Material (SRM) portfolio that includes over 1200 products.
NIST supports US Industry by enabling accurate and comparable measurements through the use of SRM’s. SRM’s have certified properties, realized at NIST, that are of the highest accuracy achievable and traceable to the relevant International System of Units (SI) scale. These materials are used to perform instrument calibrations to support quality assurance programs, to verify the accuracy of specific measurements, to support the development of new measurement devices, and to benchmark comparisons between different analytical methods. NIST distributes these materials to a wide range of customers including industry, academic, and government laboratories.
Dr. Choquette has over 31 years of research and leadership experience within NIST, having most recently served as Interim Director of the Biosystems and Biomaterials division where he provided day-to-day operational leadership and oversight for four research groups and nearly 80 staff. Prior to that, he was Group Leader of the Bioassay methods group, managing a diverse research portfolio that included measurements and standards for clinical genomics, flow cytometry applications, and biological assay/biomarker development, as well as performance validation standards for UV-Visible, near-infrared, Raman, and fluorescence spectroscopy applications.
Dr. Choquette has published more the 40 scientific papers, has 2 patents, is responsible for the development of 7 unique optical SRM's in NIR and Raman spectroscopy, and was the recipient of several NIST/Department of Commerce awards: The Applied Research Award, the Edward Bennet Rosa Award, and the Judson C. French award for his research and work related to standard reference materials certification. He currently serves on several ASTM committees for optical spectroscopy and homeland security applications, and served for three years on the editorial advisory board for the Journal Analytical Chemistry. Dr. Choquette received his BS in Chemistry with a concentration in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University in 1980 and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.