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Carolyn D. Rowland

Carolyn D. Rowland is the leader of and a supervisory computer scientist in the Engineering Laboratory Systems Administration (ELSA) of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Ms. Rowland acts as the senior IT advisor to EL's senior leaders and the communications channel on all things IT-related between EL management, the NIST Senior Agency Information Security Officer (SAISO) and EL staff.

Ms. Rowland is a supervisory system administrator for a team that spans the gap between the NIST centralized IT services and the EL research scientist.  As such, Ms. Rowland's primary role is to enable EL research by providing solutions to the EL scientists working in a heterogeneous and experimental environment.  From robots to machine tools, Ms. Rowland's team is an innovative customer-driven organization whose mission is to take the IT burden off of the research scientists so they can focus on measurements and standards instead of connectivity, usability and compliance issues.

Ms. Rowland also serves as the EL Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).  In this role, Ms. Rowland is the EL liaison to the NIST SAISO as well as championing EL's diverse IT needs under the storm of continuous IT security policy changes. Ms. Rowland is responsible for ensuring FISMA compliance for EL's information systems including control implementation, policy creation and enforcement, continuous monitoring, information system authorization and audit management.

Ms. Rowland came to NIST in 1994 as a Unix system administrator. She was previously employed as a Unix system administrator for the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Michigan Technological University from 1991 to 1994.

Carolyn Rowland


Supervisory Computer Scientist
Engineering Laboratory System Administration

Employment History:

Ms. Rowland started at NIST in 1994 as a Unix System Administrator.


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