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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 


  • Nate Orloff – Microwave materials, on-wafer metrology

Neutron Research 

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


Quantum Science



Opportunities for Students 

Additional Academic Resources 

Created January 30, 2024, Updated February 1, 2024