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    Dr. Willie May, NIST Undersecretary: "My Incredible Journey: From the Projects in Birmingham to Leading the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology"

    March 17, 2016
    5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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    2777 Mannheim Rd
    Des Plaines, IL 60017
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    My Incredible Journey: From the Projects in Birmingham, Alabama, to Leading the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology 

    Dr. Willie E. May

    Under Secretary for Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology

    ABSTRACT

    Sometimes even the most difficult circumstances lay the foundation for very positive outcomes.   Willie May grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It never occurred to him growing up that he would become a scientist, then a senior research and development leader, and then Director of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, a world-renowned scientific agency with a $1.1 billion budget and research leading to five Nobel Prizes. In this talk, Dr. May will talk about the advantages hidden among the more visible obstacles to success. His talk will cover his primary, secondary, and academic training; his professional history, beginning as a bench chemist at the Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant, to his current responsibilities as Department of Commerce Under Secretary for Standards and Technology and Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology; Vice President of the International Committee on Weights and Measures (CIPM); and President of  the CIPM’s Consultative Committee on Metrology in Chemistry and Biology; NIST research and its impact on innovation, industry, economic security and quality of life; and a general discussion of the need for additional emphasis and training in STEM and why it’s important from both a national perspective and within the African American Community.

    PROGRAM

    • 5:30 - 6:30  Registration & Social Hour with cash bar
    • 5:30 - 6:30  JOB CLUB with Tony Toussaint
    • 6:30 - 7:30  Dinner 
    • 7:30 - 7:45  Mary Jo Boldingh, Chicago Section Chair: Presentation of the Public  Affairs Award to Dr. Willie May
    • 7:45 - 8:30  Lecture by Dr. May
    • 8:30 - 9:30  Networking

    MENU: 

      • Soup of the day
      • Squillo Salad with Walnuts and Cranberries
      • Entrée choice of either a 
        • Breast of Chicken Combination (Sautéed Breast of Chicken with fresh mushrooms & shallots with a Sherry Cream Sauce and Sautéed Breast of Chicken with Shiitake mushrooms with a Marsala Wine Sauce), 
        • Seared Salmon with a Ginger Sauce, or 
        • Fresh Vegetables with Pasta; 
      • Anna Potatoes; medley of fresh vegetables
      • Chef selection dessert; a variety of breads; beverage.

       

    RESERVATIONS:

    Dinner reservations are required and should be received by

    Registration Deadline: 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, March 15

    PLEASE HONOR YOUR RESERVATIONS.  The Section must pay for all dinner orders.  No-shows will be billed.   Please contact the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091) or email ([email protected]) if you have any questions

    DIRECTIONS and PARKING:

    From Chicago From I-294 North/South From I-88
    Take I-90 exit 190 West (to O'Hare). Pay toll and immediately exit Mannheim Road North. Go North for 1.5 miles. The restaurant is on the right side after the second stoplight, just beyond the I-90 overpass Take 294 from either direction and exit 190 West (to O'Hare). Pay toll and immediately exit Mannheim Road North. Go North for 1.5 miles. The restaurant is on the right side after the second stoplight, just beyond the I-90 overpass Take 88 East to 294 North. Exit 190 West (to O'Hare). Pay toll and immediately exit Mannheim Road North. Go North for 1.5 miles. The restaurant is on the right side after the second stoplight, just beyond the I-90 overpass

    PARKING: Free

    BIOGRAPHY

    Dr. May received a B.S. in chemistry from Knoxville College in 1968. Although accepted to elite graduate programs in chemistry after graduation, he opted to take a job at Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant (it was the height of the Vietnam War and there were no deferments for graduate school. Eventually, he took a one-year internship at what was then the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST) and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 1977 while working full time NBS. 

    NIST is a non-regulatory agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce with the unique mission within the Federal Government of “promoting U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance U.S. economic security and improve our quality of life”.  NIST has one of, if not the, world’s leading measurement science and technology programs. It is charged with working with industry to develop and deploy standards and technology to underpin U.S. technological innovation. Its $900M intramural R&D program focuses on issues such as advanced communications, advanced manufacturing and advanced materials, bioscience and health, cyber physical systems (the Internet-of-Things) and smart cities, disaster resilience, forensic science, greenhouse gas measurements, information technology, and cybersecurity and quantum information, and renewable energy.

    A fascinating and more extensive biography for Dr. May is located at:
    http://nist.gov/director/bios/willie_may_bio.cfm

     

    Tickets

    $35.00 Member

    $37.00 Non-member

    $20.00 Student/Unemployed/Retired

    $0.00 Lecture only

    $10.00 Tote bag: Periodic Table (natural)

    $10.00 Tote bag: CHICAgO elements - blue