National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)
Talk Title: "Enabling
the Future: Innovation, Trade and Security"
William Jeffrey has been involved in federal science and
technology programs and policy since 1988. Previous to
his appointment as director of NIST he served as senior
director for homeland and national security and the assistant
director for space and aeronautics at the Office of Science
and Technology Policy (OSTP) within the Executive Office
of the President. Prior to that he was the deputy director
for the Advanced Technology Office and chief scientist
for the Tactical Technology Office with the Defense Advanced
Research Projects Agency (DARPA). While at DARPA, Jeffrey
developed research programs in communications, computer
network security, novel sensor development and space operations.
Prior to joining DARPA, Jeffrey was the assistant deputy
for technology at the Defense Airborne Reconnaissance
Office, where he supervised sensor development for the
Predator and Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and
the development of common standards that allow for cross-service
and cross-agency transfer of imagery and intelligence
products. Jeffrey also spent several years working at
the Institute for Defense Analyses performing technical
analyses in support of the Department of Defense.
Jeffrey received his Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard
University and his B.Sc. in physics from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. He resides in Herndon, Va.
As an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s
Technology Administration, NIST develops and promotes
measurement, standards and technology to enhance productivity,
facilitate trade and improve the quality of life.