Executive Vice President
Tim Osborne, A2LA
Tim serves as the Sr. Director of Training Services at A2LA. Most recently, he was the Director of Quality for Trescal, Inc., where he developed, oversaw and participated in the training program which included courses on management systems, system processes, measurements and data analysis tools. Most of these classes were offered to customers. While at Trescal, he served as A2LA’s Criteria Council Chair and Measurement Advisory Committee Chair. Currently, Tim also functions as the VP of Operations for NCSL International and was the VP of Standards and Practices for NCSLI and the Chair of the 174 Standards Committee. He participated in and oversaw the development of the ANSI/NCSL Z540.3 Handbook and several Recommended Practices. Tim also represents NCSLI, a liaison organization to ISO, as a technical expert on Working Group (WG) 44 which is responsible for the crafting of ISO/IEC 17025:2018.
He has also volunteered at NCSLI by offering tutorials on accreditation, traceability and measurement methods and uncertainty, serving on panel discussions, and co-leading road shows. Tim has a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering with a minor in Materials Engineering and Chemistry. He served for six (6) years in the US Navy’s nuclear power program on submarines where he oversaw the quality program and trained departments on quality processes and engineering systems.
Paul Packebush, National Instruments Corp.
Paul Packebush is the Section Manager of the global R&D Metrology department for National Instruments. Graduating from Texas A&M with an BS and MS in Electrical Engineering, his career focused on automated test and measurement systems. As a new engineer he developed measurement systems for the steel and aluminum industry. Joining National Instruments in 1996, he began the creation of the company’s global calibration services. Leading the development of calibration tools, process, and partnerships he laid the foundation required to provide global services. In addition to starting the R&D Metrology organization he has managed a wide variety of departments including; Regulatory Compliance, Test Engineering and Software Frameworks. He was also active in starting the company’s Environmental and Green activities. Paul remains active with his alma mater, guest lecturing on global management and as an engineering recruiter.
Robert Sawyer, Consumers Energy Laboratory Services
Bob Sawyer is the department head of Calibration & Instrument Services, a division of Laboratory Services within Consumers Energy. Consumers Energy is one of the nation’s largest combination utilities, providing electric and natural gas service to nearly 6.5 million of Michigan’s 10 million residents. Laboratory Services is accredited to ANSI/ISO/IEC 17025 and provides service to the Consumers Energy, other utilities and industry of the Midwest.
Bob started out as a calibration technician and has 33 years of experience in metrology, all with Consumers Energy. He is currently a voting member of the 174 Standards Writing Group, Utilities Committee, and 171 Calibration System Resources, and was involved in the writing of the Z540.3 Handbook. His previous NCSL International position was the archive chair leading a team developing plans for the 2011 NCSL International 50 year anniversary. His hobbies are traveling, golf and cruising the back roads of Michigan in his Mustang convertible.