Debra L. Kaiser
Chief, Ceramics Division
Debra L. Kaiser is Chief of the Ceramics Division in the Material Measurement Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, Maryland, U.S.A., where she has been since 1998. She received a B.S. from Lehigh University in 1979, a M.S. from Colorado School of Mines in 1980, and a Sc.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985, all in materials science and engineering. After completing her graduate studies, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at IBM Research and worked on semi-magnetic semiconductors and high temperature superconductors. Her personal research interests at NIST from 1998-2003 centered on the structure and properties of high temperature superconductors and ferroelectric materials. As a Division Chief (2003-present), she led the transformation of the Division to an organization that focuses on structure and mechanical property measurements and standards for advanced inorganic materials and structures, particularly nanoparticles and thin films. Since 1995, she has served as Coordinator of two NIST-wide programs focused on nanoparticles for biomedical applications and environmental, health, and safety concerns. She is currently Chair of ASTM Committee E56 on Nanotechnology. In 2008, she received a U.S. Department of Commerce Silver Medal for Scientific/Engineering Achievement for her role in the development of the first gold nanoparticle reference materials for biomedical applications.