Time:December 3, 2019 ( Tuesday )14:00-15:20
Address：Lecture Hall 106, C-5 Teaching Building,SZTU
Theme:My Improbable Journey: From the Projects in Birmingham, Alabama to Leading the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology and Beyond
Sometimes even the most difficult circumstances lay the foundation for very positive outcomes. Willie May grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It never occurred to him growing up that he would become a scientist, then a senior research and development leader, and then Director of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, a world-renowned scientific agency with a $1.2 billion annual budget and research leading to five Nobel Prizes. In this talk, Dr. May will talk about the advantages hidden among the more visible obstacles to success. The talk will cover his primary, secondary, and academic training; his professional history, beginning as a bench chemist at the Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant, thru his 45-year career at NIST. Details will be shared about his activities as a researcher, research manager, and ultimately his responsibilities as Department of Commerce Under Secretary for Standards and Technology and Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Vice President of the International Committee on Weights and Measures (CIPM); and President of the CIPM’s Consultative Committee on Metrology in Chemistry and Biology.
The talk will conclude with a general discussion of the need for additional emphasis and training in STEM and why it’s important from both a national perspective and personal perspective.
The Profile ofWillie May:
Vice President of Morgan State University, USA, Former Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology, and Former Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology
He was engaged in the analytical chemistry field with a focus on micro-organics for more than 20 years at the NBS (former NIST) since 1971. He was selected as the Under Secretary of Commerce and the 15thNIST Director in 2015. As NIST Director, Dr. May provided high-level oversight and direction for NIST.
He serves as the Vice President of the International Committee for Weights and Measures (CIPM), President of the Consultative Committee for Amount of Substance: Metrology in Chemistry and Biology (CCQM), and Vice President of Morgan State University, USA.
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