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National Institute of Standards and Technology

100 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20899



The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) operates under the authority of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Act (15 U.S.C. 271), which amends the Organic Act of March 3, 1901 (ch. 872), which created the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) in 1901. In 1988, the Congress renamed NBS as NIST and expanded its activities and responsibilities.

NIST is a nonregulatory Federal agency within the Department of Commerce. To carry out its mission, NIST relies on research laboratories, user facilities, innovative manufacturing programs, and its participation in collaborative institutes and centers. NIST research laboratories conduct world-class research to advance the Nation's technological infrastructure and help U.S. companies improve products and services. The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program ( also helps them and other organizations increase operational performance and quality. NIST user facilities include the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology ( and NIST Center for Neutron Research (

Sources of Information


For information on career opportunities, visit the "Careers at NIST" Web page.


The "Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology" and other publications are available online. | Email:

For further information, contact the National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 1070, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070. Phone, 301-975-6478. Fax, 301-926-1630.