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Dr. Howard H. Harary

Dr. Howard H. Harary is the Director of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Howard Harary was with the Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory (MEL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology since 1985. He began in the Precision Engineering Division (PED) working in the area of dimensional metrology, especially the measurement of complex forms. While in MEL, he steadily progressed through positions of greater responsibility — from bench to project leader to group leader of the (PED) Dimensional Metrology Group. After a one-year stint in NIST Program Office as a program analyst, he returned to MEL as a senior manager in the MEL Laboratory Office. He was appointed Deputy Director of MEL in October 2004 and Acting MEL Director in August 2007. He currently chairs the ISO TC213 working group on general requirements for dimensional measuring equipment.

Awards and Honors:

  • Commerce Department Bronze Medal for his work in three-dimensional measurement
  • NIST Edward Bennett Rosa Award for his collaboration with industry in re-establishing traceability for gear measurements
  • An award for commitment to excellence through diversity from the NIST Association for African-American Staff


Engineering Laboratory


Yale University, Post-doctoral Fellow

Harvard University, Ph.D., Biophysics

State University of New York at Stony Brook, B.S. (with Honors), Physics


Phone: 301-975-3401
Email: howard.harary@nist.gov
Fax: 301-948-5668