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NIST Names Hockert Chief of Weights and Measures

For Immediate Release: January 17, 2006

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Contact: Michael Baum

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced Jan. 10 that Carol Hockert has been selected as the new chief of the NIST Weights and Measures Division. The division promotes uniformity in U.S. weights and measures laws, regulations, and standards to achieve marketplace equity.

Hockert, who will join NIST on Feb. 20, is currently director of the Minnesota Weights and Measures Division. She replaces Henry Oppermann who retired July 1, 2005. Hockert previously served as a technical expert for NIST’s National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) and as a vice president of NCSL International (formerly known as the National Conference of Standards Laboratories).

As chief of the Weights and Measures Division, Hockert will work with the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM), and advise its Board of Directors. NCWM is a professional organization of state and local weights and measures officials and representatives of business that works to “advance a healthy business and consumer climate through fair and equitable weights and measures standards.”

Hockert also will oversee division programs that offer training for weights and measures officials and laboratory metrologists, develop test procedures for weighing and measuring devices, provide guidance on weights and measures laws and regulations, provide NIST input to the NCWM, coordinate U.S. input for international standards for legal metrology, and develop and publish NIST reports for weights and measures.

Further information on the NIST Weights and Measures Division can be found at http://www.nist.gov/pml/wmd/index.cfm.