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NIST Speakers Bureau

A man in safety glasses pours a foggy-looking liquid out of a metal container as part of a demonstration

Dr. William Phillips pours liquid nitrogen on the stage. The supercold liquid began to boil on contact with the air and the stage and produced a wispy fog as it evaporated.

Credit: Copyright William Mills, Montgomery County Public Schools

Colleges and universities: bring NIST’s renowned experts to your classrooms with the NIST Speakers Bureau. Our speakers can offer extensive expertise in their fields, as well as a high-level overview of NIST. Allow us to share our world-class science with your students and faculty.   

Speakers will be provided as their schedules permit, generally at no cost to your school. Their travel costs will be covered by NIST. In the event NIST’s travel budget does not permit a speaker to participate, the speaker may be able to attend if the school covers travel costs. 

Request a Speaker 

Send an email to NIST-speakers-bureau [at] (NIST-speakers-bureau[at]nist[dot]gov) at least six to eight weeks before your event and include:

  • Name/title and email/phone of requester
  • Institution and department
  • Type of event (undergraduate, graduate, department, etc.)
  • Preferred date, location and time (in-person only)
  • Preferred topic 
  • Requested speaker (if known)

If you have a specific speaker in mind, we’ll coordinate their availability. If you need help finding the right speaker, we’ll work with you to tailor the speaking engagement and topic. View our speaker bios to learn more about available speakers.

Meet Our Speakers 

Advanced Communications 

Artificial Intelligence 

  • Peter Bajcsy – Artificial intelligence/machine learning
  • Justyna Zwolak – Artificial Intelligence/machine learning, quantum science



Buildings and Construction




Forensic Science

Information Technology 


  • Aron Newman – Cement, concrete, and polymer degradation


Mathematics and Statistics 



  • Leon Chao - Mechanical engineering for mass and force instrumentation
  • Ako Chijioke - Acoustics, vibrations, dynamic force
  • Chris Crowley - Air speed measurement techniques
  • Steve Eckel - Pressure and vacuum metrology
  • Toby Herman - Temperature scales
  • Chris Meyer - Fundamentals of humidity measurements
  • Nate Orloff – Microwave materials, on-wafer metrology
  • Anne Plant - Irreproducibility, confidence in research measurements
  • Joe Rice - Fundamental radiometric standards, how scientists establish light measurement scales from first principles
  • John Stoup - Manufacturing metrology: coordinate and complex form metrology

Neutron Research 

  • Peter Beaucage – AI for materials science, neutron and X-ray scattering
  • Nicholas Butch – Quantum materials, superconductivity, magnetism, neutron scattering
  • Wangchun Chen – Polarized neutron and 3He, and applications
  • Ronald Jones – Neutron scattering, materials science and engineering 
  • Brian Kirby – Neutron scattering, instrumentation, reflectometry
  • Nicholas Maliszewskyj – Neutron scattering and detection, motor controls
  • William Ratcliff - Neutron scattering, magnetism, artificial intelligence, topological materials


Quantum Science




Opportunities for Students 

Additional Academic Resources 

Created January 30, 2024, Updated June 27, 2024