An Assessment of the National Institute of Standards and by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and

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

Panel on Nanoscale technological know-how and expertise, Laboratory checks Board, department on Engineering and actual Sciences, nationwide learn Council

The nationwide Institute of criteria and Technology's (NIST's) heart for Nanoscale technological know-how and know-how (CNST) was once based on may possibly 1, 2007, and continues to be in improvement with recognize to initiatives and staffing. It aspires to be famous either as a global chief in each one of its learn parts and as a firm offering prepared entry to unexcelled nanoscale size and fabrication amenities.

An overview of the nationwide Institute of criteria and expertise heart for Nanoscale technological know-how and Technology evaluates the general CNST accomplishments and operations for FY 2009. As asked via the Deputy Director of NIST, the scope of the review integrated the next standards: (1) the technical benefit of the present laboratory courses relative to present state of the art courses world wide; (2) the adequacy of the laboratory finances, amenities, apparatus, and human assets, as they have an effect on the standard of the laboratory's technical courses; and (3) the measure to which the laboratory courses in size technological know-how and criteria in attaining their acknowledged goals and wanted influence.

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Support staff indicated that they do not meet formally, but they interact informally. They noted that NIST encourages staff to pursue advanced degrees. A couple of staff among the attendees have received MS degrees while working at NIST. Two staff cultures have merged in the CNSTʊthe Nanofab and the Electron Physics Group. The Nanofab staff meet routinely. The Electron Physics Group staff do not meet routinely and would welcome more group meetings.

Some expressed a great need to hire more supporting staff in two areasʊclean room and research laboratoriesʊdue to the rapid expansion of staff, facilities, and equipment. They noted that hiring in the areas of mechanics, process engineers, and technical administrators is particularly urgent and mentioned that the CNST director is aware of these specific needs. The staff used to support fewer than 20 scientists and engineers, but they are now supporting more than double that number. In addition to providing technical support, the staff also have responsibilities related to property management and safety issues.

A couple of staff among the attendees have received MS degrees while working at NIST. Two staff cultures have merged in the CNSTʊthe Nanofab and the Electron Physics Group. The Nanofab staff meet routinely. The Electron Physics Group staff do not meet routinely and would welcome more group meetings.

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