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Title: The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Information Technology Lab (ITL). What we do, why we do it and what it means to you.
Founded in 1901 and now part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, NIST is one of the nation's oldest physical science laboratories. Congress established the agency to remove a major handicap to U.S. industrial competitiveness at the time—a second-rate measurement infrastructure that lagged behind the capabilities of England, Germany, and other economic rivals. Today, NIST measurements support the smallest of technologies—nanoscale devices—to the largest and most complex of human-made creations, from earthquake-resistant skyscrapers to wide-body jetliners to global communication networks.
In this session the NIST and ITL missions and impacts to US industry, economy and citizens will be presented. Attendees can learn about the current Programs, Projects and Research and Development activities in the US Governments premier scientific institutions.