Dr. Willie May, acting director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology since mid-June, has been nominated to serve in the director role on a full-time basis and as commerce undersecretary for standards and technology, the White House announced Thursday.
He has served as NIST’s associate director for laboratory programs for three years and managed scientific research and measurement services in the organization since 1982.
May holds the vice president position at the International Committee on Weights and Measures as well as leads the group’s consultative committee on metrology in chemistry and biology as president.
He is also an executive board member for the Joint Committee on Traceability in Laboratory Medicine and a board of visitors member for the University of Maryland College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Knoxville College and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Maryland.