Danae Powell has 33 years of experience in the calibration field and has worked in multiple disciplines. Her background includes the alphabet soup of regulated industries to including DOD, FCC, FDA, cGMP, DOE, and NRC. After nine years as the Lead Metrologist-Quality Manager for a nuclear energy provider operating a commercial calibration laboratory in the Pacific Northwest, she moved back into the private sector joining Grand Rapids Metrology in the same role. She is currently serving as the 153 Utilities Committee Chair under the NCSLI Industrial Programs and is active in multiple working groups.
Jim “Smitty” Smith
Jim (Smitty) Smith is a 31 year Metrology, Asset Management & Test professional working
for Boeing’s BT&E (Boeing Test & Evaluation) in Southern CA. Starting in rural Illinois,
Smitty joined the US Navy leading to a career in Metrology/Calibration spending four
years as a Navy “Instrumentman” calibrating a wide variety of Physical, Mechanical &
Dimensional instruments in support of Fleet activities. Recruited by McDonnell Douglas
Space, he applied his calibration training and experience to the Aerospace industry with
MDC & Boeing. Since 1988 Smitty has worked as a Calibration specialist, Instrument
Standards Technician, Equipment Management Analyst, Trainer, Quality Engineer,
Project Lead, Test Engineer/Scientist and Asset Manager.
Currently the 140 Laboratory Operations VP, his career with NCSLI has taken him from
Orange County Coordinator in 2000 to Publicity Chair to Membership Chair, The 155
Committee “TEAM” (Test Equipment, Asset Management), Southwest Region Coordinator, Western U.S. VP position to current
Lab Ops VP.
Smitty is married to Jennifer Smith, whom he served with in the Navy and is a Sr. Management professional for Southern California
Edison, they have three children: Darren, Cody and Jessica and reside in Southern CA. Mr. Smith has a B.A. in Business Administration
from the University of LaVerne, is an ASQ CCT and a practitioner of “Life Long Learning” and training.
Mark spent over 20 years in the US Army TMDE (Metrology) field. His jobs ranged
from Calibration Technician to Team Chief then finally to Instructor Supervisor in the
Calibration School at Keesler AFB, MS. He went with the Army’s move to relocate the
school to Redstone Arsenal, AL where he later retired. After a brief tenure with Yulista at
the Army Primary Standards Lab at Redstone, he took the position of National Technical
Training and Support Manager with Sypris Test & Measurement. In this role, Mark has
worked on interactive training, training databases and curricula, quality assurance,
applications engineering, uncertainty analysis, and setting up new capabilities in the
Sypris Primary Standards Lab and throughout their national network. After the acquisition
of Sypris in 2009, he presently continues in this role with Tektronix Inc., and also
manages their Flexible Staffing Team.
Mark has been involved with NCSLI since 2003 when he took over as the 164 Education Systems Liaison. He became chair of 162
Financial Resources Committee under Learning and Development and also became SE US Division VP, both in 2008. In 2010 he
served as VP of Learning and Development. In 2011 he returned to the SE US Division VP position.
He holds degrees both in Electronic Systems Technology and as an Instructor of Electronics and Technology.