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October 10, 2015 10:38 AM ET

Aerospace and Defense

Company Overview of National Institute of Standards and Technology

Company Overview

National Institute of Standards and Technology owns and operates physical science laboratories that provide measurement, standards, and technology solutions. It conducts research in the areas of engineering, physical measurement, information technology, material measurement, nanoscale science and technology, and neutron research. The company offers products and services, such as calibrations, computer security, databases, laboratory accreditation, measurement, research library, standard reference, standards, traceability, and weights and measures. It also offers programs and projects in various subjects, including bioscience and health, building and fire research, chemistry/math/physics, ele...

100 Bureau Drive

Gaithersburg, MD 20899

United States

Founded in 1901



Key Executives for National Institute of Standards and Technology

Chief Manufacturing officer
Director of Standards Coordination Office
Director of Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Director
Senior Executive Advisor
Director of The Physical Measurement Laboratory
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

National Institute of Standards and Technology Key Developments

NIST Releases SHA-3 Cryptographic Hash Standard

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released the final version of its "Secure Hash Algorithm-3" standard, a next-generation tool for securing the integrity of electronic information. SHA-3 is the first cryptographic hash algorithm NIST has developed using a public competition and vetting process that drew 64 submissions worldwide of proposed hashing algorithms. The new standard--Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 202, SHA-3 Standard: Permutation-Based Hash and Extendable-Output Functions available for download from NIST's website. Hash algorithms are broadly useful in the world of electronic communications. They transform a digital message into a short "message digest" for use in digital signatures and other applications. Even a small change in the original message creates a change in the digest, making it easier to detect accidental or intentional changes to the original message. Hash functions can be used in a variety of security applications such as message authentication. They also are useful during routine software upgrades to make sure that the new software has not been tampered with. SHA-3 is not the only family of hash functions that NIST approves for hashing electronic messages; the SHA-2 family, specified in FIPS 180-4 that NIST approved for use in 2002, remains secure and viable.

National Institute of Standards and Technology Appoints Carroll Thomas as Director of Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Carroll Thomas has been appointed director of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In partnership with local nonprofits, the MEP provides support to small and medium-size U.S. manufacturers through a network of centers in every state and Puerto Rico. Thomas comes to NIST from the Small Business Administration (SBA), where she served as associate administrator of the Office of Small Business Development Centers (SBDC). Prior to assuming her position at the SBA, Thomas worked at NIST MEP from January 2000 to November 2012.

National Institute of Standards and Technology Announces Board Appointments

National Institute of Standards and Technology announced that a public health expert and a sociologist have been appointed by Willie May, acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and acting director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), to serve on the Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction (ACEHR) of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). The two new ACEHR members are Lisa Ludwig, a public health professor at the University of California, Irvine, and Lori Peek, a sociology associate professor at Colorado State University. Ludwig's term ends on December 3, 2017, and Peek's ends on January 31, 2018. They join a group of 13 continuing ACEHR members, including experts from academia, industry and state and local governments.

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