An Assessment of the National Institute of Standards and by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and

By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Laboratory Assessments Board, Panel on Building and Fire Research

A panel of specialists appointed by means of the nationwide learn Council assessed the medical and technical paintings of the development and fireplace learn Laboratory (BFRL) of the nationwide Institute of criteria and know-how (NIST). The scope of the review incorporated the subsequent standards equivalent to: the technical benefit of the present laboratory courses relative to the present state-of-the-art world wide; the adequacy of the laboratory amenities, gear, and human assets, as they impact the standard of the laboratory technical courses; and, the measure to which the laboratory courses in size technology and criteria in achieving their said pursuits and wanted influence. The booklet unearths that, total the technical advantage of the courses reviewed in the BFRL is especially excessive and customarily at a cutting-edge level.The courses have transparent ties to the general BFRL Strategic precedence components and are good aligned with the venture of NIST, that's to advertise U.S. innovation and business competitiveness through advancing size technological know-how, criteria, and know-how in ways in which improve fiscal safeguard and increase our caliber of lifestyles.

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There has been a significant change in personnel within the BFRL, particularly in leadership positions. It is not clear that there have been leadership development opportunities to prepare individuals for this transition to significantly more and different levels of responsibility. The staff at the BFRL is highly technical, and the development of expertise in business management principles is warranted and should be addressed in the overall staffing plan. Individual staff members seem to be driven to maintain expertise in a particular area, enhancing opportunities to be noted and recognized for specific contributions related to a relatively narrow focus area.

Quality or certainty of data obtained from external facilities). The development of a curated database containing both experimental data and software developments should be made publicly available for all projects. This aspect currently seems lacking or not standardized, with current efforts occurring on an ad hoc basis. ADEQUACY OF INFRASTRUCTURE The primary focus of the current BFRL Structures Program is directed toward the development of advanced computational models. In some cases these models have taken up to 2 months to run on local workstations.

However, this strategic vision was not always complemented by detailed roadmaps and associated metrics that could be used to evaluate progress. This lack of portfolio management exemplifies an area in which project management techniques used widely in industry should be adopted by the BFRL. There was clear use in the Fire strategic area of the “Heilmeier criteria”10 that 10 G. Heilmeier, 1992, “Some Reflections on Innovation and Invention,” The Bridge, Vol. 22 (No. 4): pp. 12-16. 34 have been adopted from DARPA11 for project selection (investment criterion).

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