A new chair and vice chair
have been elected to the National Institute of Standards and Technology
(NIST) Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT), the agency’s
primary private-sector policy advisory group.
The new chair is Vinton Cerf, vice president and chief
Internet evangelist for Google, where he identifies new enabling
technologies and applications on the Internet and other platforms. The
new vice chair is Alan Taub, vice president for global research and
development at General Motors (GM), where he oversees the company’s
seven science laboratories around the world and has responsibility for
GM’s advanced technical work activity and its global technology
collaboration network. Their terms will end on March 31, 2012. The two
were elected by the members of VCAT. The VCAT was established by
Congress in 1988 to review and make recommendations on NIST’s policies,
organization, budget and programs.
The next NIST VCAT meeting will be held on June 8-9,
2010, in Gaithersburg, Md, VCAT meetings are open to the public. For
more information, see www.nist.gov/director/vcat/.