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 Information Technology

The file at the ITL offers a normal evaluate of the laboratory together with a glance at its examine concepts, possibilities, making plans for progress, study tradition, and computing infrastructure; and gives exams of the laboratory’s six divisions. The record notes that the paintings of the ITL commonly ranks at or close to the pinnacle of the paintings being performed by way of peer institutions.

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4. ITL is likely to experience significant growth over the next 5 years, and it is necessary to plan for this growth carefully, including directions that will involve several new kinds of scientists. 5. Of the existing activities, the Statistical Engineering Division is most in need of immediate enhancement of its capabilities. 6. ITL is experiencing a problem securing funding to pay high-caliber IT professionals, as well as professionals in scientific areas that are not traditional for NIST. 7.

3. The new “matrix” organization of crosscutting projects offers great opportunities but also poses serious risks. 4. ITL is likely to experience significant growth over the next 5 years, and it is necessary to plan for this growth carefully, including directions that will involve several new kinds of scientists. 5. Of the existing activities, the Statistical Engineering Division is most in need of immediate enhancement of its capabilities. 6. ITL is experiencing a problem securing funding to pay high-caliber IT professionals, as well as professionals in scientific areas that are not traditional for NIST.

Conclusions 1. Work at ITL is generally at or near the top of the peer group of IT research at national laboratories. 2. ITL has activities that solve important problems for other NIST laboratories and other federal agencies, as well as activities that support industrial standards in IT. 3. The new “matrix” organization of crosscutting projects offers great opportunities but also poses serious risks. 4. ITL is likely to experience significant growth over the next 5 years, and it is necessary to plan for this growth carefully, including directions that will involve several new kinds of scientists.

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