National Physical Laboratory

Dr Willie E May

Dr Willie E May

Director Emeritus
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Dr Willie E May served as Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology until January 2017. He now serves as the Director of Major Research and Training Initiatives for the College of Computer, Mathematical and the Natural Sciences, University of Maryland College Park. Dr May had previously served as Acting NIST Director and Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology since June 2014. Prior to that assignment, he was NIST Associate Director for Laboratory Programs, where he was responsible for oversight and direction of NIST's seven laboratory programs and served as the principal deputy to the NIST Director.

As NIST Director, Dr May provided high-level oversight and direction for NIST, which promotes US innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology. NIST employs about 3,400 federal scientists, engineers, technicians, support staff, and administrative personnel at two main locations in Gaithersburg, MD, and Boulder, CO. NIST also hosts approximately 4,000 Associates from academia, US industry, and other government agencies, who collaborate with NIST staff and access its User Facilities. NIST also partners with more than 1,300 manufacturing specialists and staff at more than 400 Manufacturing Extension Partnership locations around the country.

Dr May led NIST's research and measurement service programs in chemistry-related areas for more than 20 years. His personal research activities were focused in the areas of trace organic analytical chemistry and physico-chemical properties of organic compounds, where his work is described in more than 85 archival publications.

Dr May has several leadership responsibilities in addition to those at NIST. He is Vice President of the 18-person International Committee on Weights and Measures (CIPM), President of the CIPM's Consultative Committee on Metrology in Chemistry and Biology; Executive Board Member for the Joint Committee on Traceability in Laboratory Medicine. He also serves on the Cancer Research UK Grand Challenge Advisory Board, and the European Commission's Expert Panel for Certified Reference Materials.

Last Updated: 6 Mar 2017
Created: 2 Jun 2015

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