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People on the Move
Original Press Release
People on the Move
Press release date: December 2, 2011
People on the Move spotlights trailblazers in standardization, highlighting their latest achievements, advancements, and contributions to the standards community. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a government member and audited designator of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has announced the appointment of Charles (Chuck) H. Romine, Ph.D., as director of the NIST Information Technology Laboratory (ITL). ITL develops and disseminates standards, measurements, and testing for interoperability, security, usability, and reliability of information systems. The laboratory's work includes cybersecurity standards and guidelines for federal agencies and U.S. industry, and support for measurement science at NIST through fundamental and applied research in computer science, mathematics, and statistics. Dr. Romine previously served as the acting associate director for NIST laboratory programs, responsible for oversight and direction of NIST's six laboratory programs and the principal deputy to NIST director Patrick Gallagher. Prior to that he served as the senior policy advisor to the NIST director and as the associate director for program implementation within ITL. Before joining NIST, Dr. Romine spent five years in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as the senior policy analyst responsible for providing technical and policy advice to the president's science advisor for all areas related to information technology. Earlier in his career he spent 15 years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, conducting research on advanced algorithms for supercomputers, and four years at the Department of Energy Office of Science as program manager for the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research. He earned his Ph.D. in applied mathematics and his B.A. in mathematics, both from the University of Virginia. Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. The agency works in close collaboration with ANSI on projects and programs that address key national priorities through public-private partnerships and standardization solutions.