Welcome to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (ΊωΒ«Νή²ΚΖ±). As an agency of the Department of Commerce, ΊωΒ«Νή²ΚΖ± plays a key role in enabling the hard work and innovative ideas of the American people to strengthen our infrastructure for innovation to advance manufacturing, service, and science; to promote trade; and to improve public safety and security. This leads to improved quality of life and better and more jobs.
ΊωΒ«Νή²ΚΖ± works with the private sector, other government agencies, and universities to develop and apply the technology, measurements and standards needed for new and improved products and services. In short, we help to enable the future. We encourage you to learn more about ΊωΒ«Νή²ΚΖ±'s activities, how to make use of our products and services, and how to work with ΊωΒ«Νή²ΚΖ±.
Dr. Walter G. Copan is Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and ΊωΒ«Νή²ΚΖ± Director. As ΊωΒ«Νή²ΚΖ± Director, Dr. Copan provides high-level oversight and direction for ΊωΒ«Νή²ΚΖ±.
Prior to ΊωΒ«Νή²ΚΖ±, Dr. CopanΒ had a distinguished and diverse career as a science and technology executive in large and small corporations, U.S.Β government, nonprofit and other public-sector settings.