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George Arnold, Eng.Sc.D., director, Standards Coordination Office, at the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC)'s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently announced that he will retire from his position on May 31, 2014, to return to the private sector. Gordon Gillerman, currently the chief of NIST's Standards Services Division, will assume the role of acting director of the Standards Coordination Office following Dr. Arnold's retirement.
During his tenure at NIST, which began in 2006, Dr. Arnold has also served as its deputy director of technology services and national coordinator for Smart Grid interoperability. While at NIST, he spent nearly four years as vice president - policy at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and two years as the president of IEEE's Standards Association. Prior to joining NIST, Dr. Arnold worked at Lucent Technologies' Bell Laboratories, where he held the title of vice president, and served as the chair of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Board of Directors from 2003 to 2005.
In 2010, Dr. Arnold was honored with ANSI's George S. Wham Leadership Medal, which honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the voluntary standardization community and provided long-term direction and visionary qualities in support of the ANSI Federation. He received his bachelor of arts degree, masters of science degree, and doctor of engineering science degree from New York's Columbia University.
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