By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Laboratory Assessments Board, Panel on Electronics and Electrical Engineering
The document at the EEEL provides an evaluate of the Lab’s 4 divisions. The review relies on 4 standards: alignment with nationwide priorities, motivation of its courses, technical advantage, and technical software caliber. The file additionally offers a glance at 3 extra issues: staffing and investment, overseas matters, and the making plans strategy.
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There were even some staff concerns about the overall future of the Boulder campus. The staff should be commended for maintaining the excellence in their programs despite the atmosphere of uncertainty. The labs there are very overcrowded, but relief may be in sight in the form of a new building. If the Optoelectronics Division can acquire an appropriate share of the new facilities, its ability to maintain and continue to grow its programs would improve. Although worthwhile and well-performed, some projects performed by the Electromagnetics Division, such as the work on RF identification devices, could have been performed by qualified organizations outside NIST.
EEEL should to try to recoup as much of the equipment amortization and maintenance costs as 23 possible when it charges for these services. Additional cost increases could help to regulate demand and help EEEL to stay out of the retail calibration business as much as possible. Funding for the Advanced MOS Device Reliability and Characterization project in the Semiconductor Electronics Division (SED) may not be stable. While it has been identified as one of the mandated programs in EEEL, the project is supported mostly by the Office of Microelectronic Programs.
There is still some question as to how new projects are initiated and old ones stopped in response to the EEEL strategic planning. In other words, there is some question about how the strategic plan is translated into action. A plan for how EEEL will interact with and utilize the CNST should be established. CNST is a large investment for NIST, and EEEL should be a large customer. There is an opportunity for an interaction between CNST and the EEEL work on localized materials properties measurements (permittivity and permeability).