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James Turner Named as NIST Deputy Director

Reprinted from the March 16 issue of NIST TechBeat

New York, Mar 16, 2007

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Director William Jeffrey today announced the selection of James M. Turner to be NIST Deputy Director. Turner will begin work at NIST on April 16th.

As Deputy Director of NIST, Turner will assist in setting the strategic direction of the U.S. Commerce Department agency responsible for promoting U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology.

Turner, a physicist, currently is an Assistant Deputy Administrator in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) managing the National Nuclear Security Administration's Office of Nuclear Risk Reduction. His current duty is to oversee construction projects in Russia associated with the permanent shutdown of their last three nuclear weapons-grade plutonium-production reactors. The office also is charged with working with foreign governments and international agencies such as the International Atomic Energy Agency to develop policies and procedures to deal with nuclear emergencies.

Prior to that assignment, Turner held several senior management posts at DOE concerned with nuclear weapons safety and assisting the former Soviet republics in securing their nuclear weapons after the fall of the Soviet Union. He also headed the Department's Oakland Operations Office for six years. He holds a Ph.D. degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor's degree in Physics from Johns Hopkins University, and taught for five years as an Associate Professor of Physics and Engineering at Morehouse College.

Among other honors, he has received the U.S. Government Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service, three times received the U.S. Department of Energy Exceptional Service Award, and the Secretary of Energy Gold Award. A native of Washington, he is married, has five children, and one grandchild.

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