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By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Laboratory Assessments Board, Panel on Materials Science and Engineering

The undertaking of the producing Engineering Laboratory (MEL) of the nationwide Institute of criteria and expertise (NIST) is to advertise innovation and the competitiveness of U.S. production via dimension technological know-how, size providers, and significant technical contributions to criteria. The MEL is equipped in 5 divisions: clever structures, production Metrology, production platforms Integration, Precision Engineering, and Fabrication know-how. A panel of specialists appointed via the nationwide learn Council (NRC) assessed the 1st 4 divisions. total, this publication unearths that the 4 person divisions are appearing to the simplest in their skill, given on hand assets. in lots of parts in all 4 divisions, the services and the paintings being played are the most effective within the field.However, diminished investment and different components resembling hassle in hiring everlasting employees are restricting (and are inclined to more and more restrict) the measure to which MEL courses can in attaining their goals and are threatening the longer term impression of those courses.

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There are currently approximately 32 permanent staff members, 2 NRC postdoctoral researchers, and 34 guest researchers. Of the 34 guest researchers, 10 are retirees. • The PED would be well served by strategic planning in the following areas: capital equipment, human resources, technical focus area roadmapping, and investment and disinvestment in calibration and measurement services. S. industry—for example, through workshops held both at NIST and at professional society meetings and through surveys by trade organizations.

The PED has had major impact both nationally and internationally by delivering new standard reference materials, calibration services, and documentation. • Opportunities exist for the PED to promote its specific mission regarding traceability and standards development. For example, in nanomanufacturing, the PED’s research differs substantially from research that others are doing in this area, both within and outside NIST, in that the PED’s focus is on traceability to the SI. • There is a need to define the core competencies of the PED and to define a succession plan for every key position.

Opportunities exist for the PED to promote its specific mission regarding traceability and standards development. For example, in nanomanufacturing, the PED’s research differs substantially from research that others are doing in this area, both within and outside NIST, in that the PED’s focus is on traceability to the SI. • There is a need to define the core competencies of the PED and to define a succession plan for every key position. There are currently approximately 32 permanent staff members, 2 NRC postdoctoral researchers, and 34 guest researchers.

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