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Dr. Mary Satterfield

Mary Satterfield is the Chief of Staff in the Material Measurement Laboratory. She works closely with the MML leadership team to drive and maintain the strategic focus of the laboratory. She works with staff as a liaison from the Lab office on multiple programs including

  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
  • NIST Summer Institute for Middle School Science Teachers
  • Montgomery College Internship Program
  • Postdoctoral Fellows Association
  • Institutional Review Board (human subjects protection)
  • MML Awards Czar
  • Staff retention
  • Chief coordinator for visits from stakeholders

Dr. Satterfield previously served as Science Advisor to Dr. Locascio in the Material Measurement Laboratory Lab Office and in the Biochemical Science Division. She received a Ph.D in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001 and worked for several years on protein and small molecule reference methods and Standard Reference Materials (SRMs). She has also worked on reference methods and materials for microarray scanner quality assurance.

Honors and Awards include

  • April 2013 - 2013 recipient of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer's (FLC) STEM Award
  • December 2012 - 2012 NIST Safety Award as Chair of the Biosafety Working Group for developing and promoting biosafety training and awareness for NIST staff
  • December 2010 - Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award for leadership, development, and implementation of the NIST Summer Institute
  • November 2010 - Maryland Association of Science Teachers Award for Excellence in Science Education Outreach
  • June 2010 - Best Paper Award: Division of Experimentation and Laboratory Oriented Studies of the American Society for Engineering Education in recognition of "The NIST Summer Institute for Middle School Science Teachers: Translating NIST Research into Activities for the Middle School Classroom"
  • December 2007 - Equal Employment Opportunity/ Diversity Award
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Chief of Staff
Material Measurement Laboratory

Employment History:

NIST 2001-present

University of Texas Dept of Chemistry and Biochemistry (Graduate School) 1996-2001

High School Science Teacher in Lexington, Texas 1986-1996


B.A. in Zoology from University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from University of Texas at Austin in 2001


Phone: 301-975-5364
Email: mary.satterfield@nist.gov