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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 Materials Science and Engineering

The venture of the producing Engineering Laboratory (MEL) of the nationwide Institute of criteria and know-how (NIST) is to advertise innovation and the competitiveness of U.S. production via dimension technological know-how, dimension prone, and important technical contributions to criteria. The MEL is equipped in 5 divisions: clever structures, production Metrology, production structures Integration, Precision Engineering, and Fabrication know-how. A panel of specialists appointed by means of the nationwide examine Council (NRC) assessed the 1st 4 divisions. total, this e-book unearths that the 4 person divisions are appearing to the easiest in their skill, given to be had assets. in lots of parts in all 4 divisions, the features and the paintings being played are the most effective within the field.However, lowered investment and different elements similar to trouble in hiring everlasting employees are restricting (and are inclined to more and more restrict) the measure to which MEL courses can in achieving their targets and are threatening the longer term influence of those courses.

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Specific accomplishments include the following: • Developments of standard representations schemes and archival techniques that support very rapid context-based search, semantic annotation, and image recognition, including endoscopic video data; • A Workshop on Ontologies (as a collaboration between the MSID, the ITL, and Stanford University) to identify the barriers to effective utilization of ontologies. This will be very useful in the context of directing future work on standards and the testing of standards.

Opportunities exist for exploring alternative cost structures for the calibration and measurement services—for example, machine charges, consumables charges, service center charges, and activity-based cost accounting. 21 Programs Funded Under the America COMPETES Act The Supply Chain Integration and Bio-Imaging projects in the Manufacturing Systems Integration Division have gained incremental funding under the America COMPETES Act of 2007. The funding has been used to bolster the more strategic segments of the semantic mediation work in supply chain.

This will be very useful in the context of directing future work on standards and the testing of standards. The Precision Engineering Division received $87,000 to support bionanoparticle research, in which researchers are imaging, locating, and tracking nanoparticles in cancer cells for drug delivery applications. It is too early in the funding cycle to assess the progress of this work, but the effort demonstrates initiative for applying sensing, measurements, and fabrication technology to this very important biomedical need.

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