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1. Division Overview

Keith R. Eberhardt, Acting Chief
Statistical Engineering Division, ITL

The Statistical Engineering Division (SED) is a unit of the Information Technology Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). SED collaborates in NIST measurement science and technology research programs to support US industry through design of experiments, statistical modeling, and analysis and interpretation of data. We participate in the Laboratory's interdisciplinary research and development teams to advance information technology; we contribute to the development of appropriate statistical methodology, building on a foundation of pertinent topics in probability and mathematical statistics; and we provide leadership and computational tools to facilitate the implementation of modern statistical design, analysis and process control procedures.

The Division operates from both the Gaithersburg, Maryland, and the Boulder, Colorado, campuses of NIST with professional staff composed of Ph.D. and Masters degreed mathematical statisticians, of whom 16 are assigned to the Gaithersburg site and 3 are assigned to Boulder. This full-time staff is augmented by several faculty appointees, guest researchers and post doctoral students. A staff listing appears in Section 2.

Division priorities are driven by the need to support the NIST mission in the areas of:

  • Promoting improved use of information technology through the NIST laboratories and outreach to industrial partners,
  • Engaging in fundamental research in measurement sciences,
  • Facilitating the Calibration and Standard Reference Materials programs, and
  • Collaborating in high visibility projects of national interest.

This report provides technical summaries of some key project activities from January, 1997 to January, 1998 and a compilation of staff activities during that time. The project summaries are intended to provide a representative sampling, but not a comprehensive summary, of all Division activities. It is important that readers understand that all of this work is done collaboratively with other scientists and engineers, not by statisticians alone.

Indeed, there are many activities of SED that cannot be represented here. Additional information can be found on the SED World Wide Web Home Page by accessing the following URL:

Thank you for reading. We welcome your comments. Please address them to:

Keith R. Eberhardt
Acting Chief, Statistical Engineering Division
Building 820, Room 353
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Gaithersburg, MD 20899


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Date created: 7/20/2001
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