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 know-how, Laboratory exams Board, department on Engineering and actual Sciences, nationwide examine Council

The nationwide Institute of criteria and Technology's (NIST's) middle for Nanoscale technology and know-how (CNST) was once based on could 1, 2007, and is still in improvement with recognize to tasks and staffing. It aspires to be famous either as a global chief in every one of its learn parts and as a company supplying prepared entry to unexcelled nanoscale dimension and fabrication amenities.

An evaluation of the nationwide Institute of criteria and expertise middle for Nanoscale technology and Technology evaluates the general CNST accomplishments and operations for FY 2009. As asked by way of the Deputy Director of NIST, the scope of the evaluate integrated the subsequent standards: (1) the technical advantage of the present laboratory courses relative to present state of the art courses around the world; (2) the adequacy of the laboratory price range, 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 technology and criteria in achieving their acknowledged pursuits and wanted effect.

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An Assessment of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology: Fiscal Year 2009

Panel on Nanoscale technology and know-how, Laboratory exams Board, department on Engineering and actual Sciences, nationwide learn Council

The nationwide Institute of criteria and Technology's (NIST's) middle for Nanoscale technology and expertise (CNST) used to be based on may well 1, 2007, and is still in improvement with recognize to initiatives and staffing. It aspires to be famous either as an international chief in each one of its study components and as a firm supplying prepared entry to unexcelled nanoscale size and fabrication amenities. An evaluate of the nationwide Institute of criteria and know-how heart for Nanoscale technology and expertise evaluates the general CNST accomplishments and operations for FY 2009. As asked via the Deputy Director of NIST, the scope of the overview incorporated the subsequent standards: (1) the technical advantage of the present laboratory courses relative to present cutting-edge courses all over the world; (2) the adequacy of the laboratory funds, amenities, apparatus, and human assets, as they impact the standard of the laboratory's technical courses; and (3) the measure to which the laboratory courses in dimension technology and criteria in attaining their said ambitions and wanted influence.

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These postdocs believed that they could make a case for pursuing new research directions and that there was a process in place for doing so. They felt more connected within the CNST research team than when they had belonged to larger university research groups in graduate school. They also commented on the rigor of the internal peerȬreview system for publications at NIST, and how it takes extra time but leads to a final document that is of the high standard for which NIST is recognized. Approximately 20 percent of the postdocs expressed a desire to be academics.

Continuing education, such as seminars and workshops, is available in-house for those who are interested. 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.

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. Continuing education, such as seminars and workshops, is available in-house for those who are interested. Support staff indicated that they do not meet formally, but they interact informally. They noted that NIST encourages staff to pursue advanced degrees.

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