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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. This full-time staff is augmented by several faculty appointees, guest researchers and post-doctoral researchers. A staff listing appears in Section 2.

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

  • Contributing to research in information technology,
  • Promoting improved use of information technology throughout the NIST laboratories and in outreach to industrial partners,
  • Engaging in fundamental research in measurement sciences,
  • Facilitating the NIST Calibration and Standard Reference Materials Programs, and
  • Collaborating on urgent technology projects of national interest.

This report provides technical summaries of some key project activities from January, 1999 to December, 1999 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 at

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

Keith R. Eberhardt
Acting Chief, Statistical Engineering Division
100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 8980
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8980


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Date created: 7/20/2001
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