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By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Assessment of National Institute of Standards and Technology Programs

ISBN-10: 0309085268

ISBN-13: 9780309085267

ISBN-10: 0309503264

ISBN-13: 9780309503266

The nationwide Institute of criteria and know-how (NIST) Measurements and criteria Laboratories (MSL) supply technical management for the nation's dimension and criteria infrastructure and guarantee the supply of crucial reference information and dimension features. At NIST's request, the nationwide learn Council (NRC) includes out a biennial evaluate of the seven MSL. The evaluate specializes in every one laboratory's technical caliber and advantage; and effectiveness. It additionally examines the relevance of the NIST courses and the way good laboratory amenities, gear, and body of workers may be able to fulfil the MSL challenge. This document offers an total evaluation of the MSL by means of distinct checks of every of the seven laboratories.

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The laboratories receive appropriations from Congress, known as Scientific and Technical Research and Services (STRS) funding. Competence funding also comes from NIST’s congressional appropriations but is allocated by the NIST director’s office in multiyear grants for projects that advance NIST’s capabilities in new and emerging areas of measurement science. Advanced Technology Program (ATP) funding reflects support from NIST’s ATP for work done at the NIST laboratories in collaboration with or in support of ATP projects.

The division reorganization plan—reducing the number of managers and groups from four to three, assigning senior professionals across two or more projects in order to assure some redundant knowledge, and flexible staffing assignments to projects—is a very innovative and skillfully executed plan to deal well with the decreasing technical resource base within the division. It appears to have met all its goals and to have enabled the Electricity Division to meet its essential mission goals and short-term targets in a satisfactory manner.

In recent years, EEEL has made major improvements of measurements in the range 10 megohms to 100 teraohms. An active-arm bridge, which will cover this resistance range, is under development. A 1-teraohm standard is complete. New Hamon Transfer Standards are being developed to more accurately scale up to this range. In addition, the ability to 24 AN ASSESSMENT OF THE NIST MEASUREMENT AND STANDARDS LABORATORIES: FY 2002 measure resistance to 1 megohm and above is being improved through the development of a cryogenic current comparator.

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