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As happens with most every metrologist I know, I fell into metrology (the science of measurement) quite by accident. My degree was in chemical engineering, and I was probing the world around me to see what kind of work was out there for someone with my skills and interests. I learned of an upcoming vacancy in a metrology laboratory at the state of Minnesota’s Weights and Measures Division and scheduled a visit—even though I didn’t know what a metrology lab was. When I got there, I found out that metrology was critically important in both commerce and industry. In order to ensure the accuracy of measurements made at grocery scales and gas pumps, regulatory officials need to use calibrated equipment…

Like many of you, I venture out on Saturday mornings to get groceries and gas. Until my college years, I never thought much about whether or not I paid the right amount at the pump, if the supermarket scale was correct, or if packaged foods actually contained the amount of product stated on the package. It was not until I took a position with the Maryland Weights and Measures (W&M) program, first as a field inspector and then as a metrologist, that I learned about how the U.S. weights and measures system lays the foundation for fair commerce. Now, as a physical scientist with the NIST Office of Weights and Measures, I have the opportunity to look at weights and…

It’s a college graduate’s nightmare. You earn your undergraduate degree with a stellar grade point average, over-the-top recommendations from your professors, and an induction into your discipline’s honor society, but, for some reason, no one will hire you. In today’s job market, competition is fierce. Good grades are not enough to land a job or even pursue a graduate degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, commonly known as STEM. Before you graduate, you’ll need real-world experience to help you stand out from the crowd. A summer internship can give you that experience. My own undergraduate summer internship experiences taught me how to apply the science that I learned in the classroom to the real world. During my most memorable…

Welcome to the brand new NIST blog, Taking Measure. Taking measure is what we do at NIST, both figuratively and literally. We are constantly looking ahead to where science and technology are going so that we can figure out how to best serve our country. Our researchers are experts in measurement science, which is key to—among other things—making sure that you get the right dose of medicine, that car and computer parts built around the world fit together, and that we have the foundational knowledge we need to create new technologies. Through this blog, we’d like to share with you our excitement and passion for the work we do. I hope we can answer some of your questions about science…

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