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 technology and expertise, 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) used to be based on may perhaps 1, 2007, and is still in improvement with appreciate to initiatives and staffing. It aspires to be well-known either as an international chief in every one of its study parts and as a company delivering prepared entry to unexcelled nanoscale dimension and fabrication amenities.

An review of the nationwide Institute of criteria and expertise middle for Nanoscale technological know-how and Technology evaluates the final 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 cutting-edge courses around the globe; (2) the adequacy of the laboratory finances, amenities, gear, and human assets, as they impact 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 achieving their acknowledged goals and wanted impression.

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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. 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.

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. Some wanted and liked the guidance, while others seemed content with the freedom that they had. In general, their environment seems to them to be more structured than in academia. They noted that there is no research ethics training, although the internal publications vetting program attempts to make sure that data handling is sound.

Some wanted and liked the guidance, while others seemed content with the freedom that they had. In general, their environment seems to them to be more structured than in academia. They noted that there is no research ethics training, although the internal publications vetting program attempts to make sure that data handling is sound. About 12 support staff members attended a separate luncheon discussion meeting with panel members. They expressed dedication to meeting and exceeding the expectations of their customersʊboth researchers and users.

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