Education & Training Award

The NCSLI Education & Training Award is given to an individual or group of individuals for outstanding contribution(s) to the field of measurement science, education and training. The purpose of the award is to provide incentive and recognition of outstanding education, training, professional development, and outreach contributions that are consistent with the goals and mission of NCSL International. If you know of someone that should be considered and is qualified to receive this award, please fill out the below nomination form.

Nomination Deadline May 20, 2020
Education & Training Award Nomination Form

2019 - Ms. Barbara Tzur

Barbara came to metrology the hard way: without a metrology background, Barbara studied and gained knowledge from professionals, seminars and classes, fromindustry groups, and of course the auditors. It was in 1985 that Barbara decided to start a business, Barbara did a market research study in Santa Barbara to see if there was a need for a metrology lab in the area. The companies Barbara talked with where excited about the possibility since when companies sent their instruments to be calibrated out of the area, it sometimes took three months to get their equipment back. Barbara has been an active NCSL International Member since September 1985 (34 years!). At that time the TQM guide 25 was being considered as a new Standard, and NCSL then formed the 174-writing committee and Barbara immediately joined the committee to represent the small business. Few women were running a metrology lab at that time. Barbara spends time working with customers and educating them on topics like the difference between tolerance and specifications and what it takes to make it work. Customers call with questions when they are selecting equipment, establishing calibration schedules, or specifying acceptance values and Barbara is always there to guide them in the right direction. Over the years Barbara has hired and trained a long list of technicians and engineers, introducing them to metrology and calibration. Barbara also hires UCSB students every year with engineering majors. All have gone on to high-level engineering positions or PhD programs. They have stated that the experience of learning and practicing metrology, as taught by Barbara, has been a key to obtaining their first career position in their industry. Barbara has a BA in Experimental Psychology and philosophy and a minor in physiology. Barbara earned her MA in Educational Administration. Barbara traveled across Europe on a bicycle and ended up in Israel, lived on a Kibbutz and learned the Hebrew language. Barbara returned to the US, married, raised children and worked at the University of California Santa Barbara. Voila, Brylen Technologies, Inc was born.

2018 - Mr. Jesse Morse, Morse Metrology

Jesse has brought a wealth of experience and knowledge to focus in calibration-related metrology courses and training tutorials across North America. Jesse was instrumental in the formation of NCSLI publications NCSLI Measure and Metrologist. Jesse authored many other articles for NCSLI and co-authored the ANSI/NCSL Z540.1 Handbook. He was also a strong contributor to the Calibration: Philosophy in Practice book, by Fluke Corporation which has provided training to thousands of metrologists and is a part of nearly every calibration laboratory’s library. Jesse started working at Fluke Corporation in 1969 after completion of duties in the U.S. Air Force, as a service center manager in the southeastern United States. In 1979, Jesse relocated to Everett, Washington and started performing training activities for Fluke. Jesse’s career at Fluke spanned over 40 years where he has developed and continues to teach Fluke’s Calibration Lab Management course and the Advanced Hands-on Metrology course with excellent reviews. He has conducted many tutorials at NCSLI over the years, training hundreds of metrologists in electrical metrology theory and laboratory management. He also provides various other training courses under his company name, Morse Metrology.

2017 - Mr. Jason Koehn, The Boeing Company

Jason Koehn is the senior leader for Boeing’s Metrology and Test Equipment Services (MATES) in Seattle, Washington. Jason started his career in the US Air Force as a calibration technician in 1991. In 1997, he accepted a position in Boeing's Primary Metrology Laboratory, and has been at Boeing ever since.
While working in Boeing's Primary Metrology Laboratory, Jason worked in many calibration disciplines. From 2006 to 2010, Jason worked in Boeing's Applied Physics Laboratory working in radiation effects. He was instrumental in several research contributions, published in IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, and in two US Patents.

In 2010, Jason returned to the Primary Metrology Laboratory as a manager for primary mechanical and physical metrology, and in 2015, became the senior manager.
In 2010 Jason attended “Train the Trainer” class at the Measurement Science Conference. This ignited Jason's passion in metrology education. Jason reached out to the Boeing Aerospace Academic Alignment Team in 2012 to find out how to connect with higher education. He was connected to the Washington State Aerospace Curriculum Alignment Team. In 2013, Jason presented  the need for fundamental measurement  science education to the Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing in Everett, Washington (COE for community and technical colleges in Washington) to generate support from higher education. The message: "Measurement science is a critical tool in manufacturing and has traditionally been under- addressed in higher education and should be included in technical training. Technicians need an understanding of the fundamentals of measurement science, including traceability, standards, and standardization processes, as each applies to the use of measurement and test equipment in an advanced manufacturing environment. Including measurement science courses in community and technical college technical training programs  will allow technicians to gain both theoretical and practical, hands-on experience as they focus on design and production processes within  the manufacturing sector."

In May 2013, Jason helped organize a curriculum development event (DACUM, "Developing a Curriculum") for measurement science, with industrial attendees including Boeing, CIMtech Inc, Fluke, Grayson Industries, Lockheed Martin, NCSLI, Northrop Grumman, and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Jason helped the Center for Excellence obtain a $65K grant from NIST in 2014 to address the training gap between what is typically taught at community and technical colleges and the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) required to effectively perform job requirements within the advanced manufacturing industry. With this support, 5 colleges-- North Seattle College, Everett Community  College, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Olympic College, and Shoreline Community  College-joined the project and worked closely on the curriculum design team. Support was also provided by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges in Olympia, Washington.

2016 - Mr. Mark Ruefenacht

Mark Ruefenacht  has instructed, or co- instructed, at least 15 NCSL International Annual Conference Tutorials since 2005. He specializes in pharmaceutical and forensic metrology and quality assurance applications. His metrology experience includes mass, balances and scales, pipettes, thermometry, dimensional, time, metrological traceability and uncertainty analysis. Mark is currently serving on the federal Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science.

2015 - Ms. Georgia Harris

Presented numerous papers, tutorials and workshops on learning and development subject matter at many NCSL International conferences and received a best paper award. Recently Georgia ended a nearly 20 year stint on the NCSLI Board of Directors beginning in 1993 performing in the positions of: Eastern Division VP, Measurement Science and Technology VP, Publications VP, Learning and Development VP, Operations VP, Executive Vice President, President and most recently Immediate Past President. 

2014 – Mr. Bill Hinton

As a Metrology Ambassador Bill has sponsored many tours of his work facility for local schools and even coordinated used equipment donations to these schools. Bill has personally sponsored membership in NCSLI for local instructors and partnered with state and local agencies, other non-profit associations, and equipment manufacturers in conducting outreach events. Bill is well known and respected in the metrology community for his knowledge and candor on all things related to standards and behaviors surrounding measuring and test equipment and laboratory protocol.

2013 - Ms. Gloria Neely

Involved in NCSLI since 1990 and has been the Chair of Committee 163 since 2002. In addition to Committee 163 Gloria is an active member of several other committees. Gloria earned her B.S. degree from California State Polytechnic University Pomona in Anthropology and Social Sciences and her M.A. from California State University San Bernardino in Social Sciences.

2012 - Ms. Elizabeth Gentry

Chair of the NCSLI 164 Education Liaison and Outreach committee, coordinates Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education outreach in a grassroots movement known as “Metrology Ambassadorship” to develop increased awareness of measurement science principles, Metrology careers, and strategies to increase new Metrologists entering the workforce.

2011 - Mr. Dilip A. Shah

Co-author of The Metrology Handbook published by the ASQ Quality Press and has contributed to the 2010 re-write of the CCT Primer by the Quality Council of Indiana. Dilip participated in the initial development of ASQ’s Certified Calibration Technician exam. Dilip participates actively in the measurement related issues through NCSL International (NCSLI) where he presents sessions, papers and workshops. Dilip is also a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

Dilip is a member of the A2LA Board of Directors and Board Secretary (2006-2014). Dilip is a Chief Technical Officer for Workplace Training Inc. which provides many on-line measurement-related training options to the industry. Dilip is also involved in Learning & Development Committee activities of NCSLI.

2010 - Tom Wiandt

Provided outstanding contributions to the field of metrology education and training. Over the last 8 years, Tom has traveled to numerous NCSLI Section meetings as an integral part of the uncertainty road show, providing countless seminars on understanding temperature measurement uncertainty.

Tom has helped to develop the temperature training seminars at Fluke Corp/Hart Scientific. These courses - Temperature Metrology, Principles of Temperature Metrology, Advanced Topics in Temperature Metrology, Industrial Temperature Calibration and Realizing and Approximating ITS-90 - have provided the majority of temperature metrology training for the United States for the past 10 years. In addition to serving as an instructor in these courses, Tom has also used these courses to develop tutorials in temperature metrology that have been conducted at the NCSLI conference since 1999. Tom’s dedication to  both the NCSLI and to education in the field of temperature metrology serve as an inspiration to us all.

2009 - Dr. Richard Pettit

Contributions to education outreach and mentoring occurred in the late 1970s or early 1980s. Dick was a PhD Candidate Advisor at the New Mexico Institute of Mining Technology in Socorro, New Mexico. His job at the school consisted of advising several PhD candidates who were working on their PhDs in solar energy materials.  At the time, working in solar energy at Sandia and did so very successfully for many years. It was following his research in solar that he was promoted to a management position in the Standards Section of the Sandia Laboratory. The School is 60 miles south of Albuquerque and Dick drive down every one to two months to meet with the students and their Professor. He continued this work for three or four years and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Dr. Pettit's contributions included tutoring math and science students at various high schools in the Albuquerque area. He did this while he was working and continued these efforts in his retirement. Dick’s tutoring has involved working with individual students (or sometimes two or three at a time) at the high school after class hours in all kinds of high school math or science, whatever the student(s) asked for help with. He did this once a week generally during the winter months for a couple winters. While Dick did not have a specific outreach program designed to educate students in the science of measurements, all of us know the need for mathematics mentoring to support science, engineering, and metrology!

Dr. Pettit has been the leader and driving force in assuring the success of the MEASURE Journal. His leadership has engaged others within the field in the service of NCSLI’s educational and training mission. He has led a volunteer team in the varied tasks (writing, technical review and support, marketing and advertising, publication, etc…) of bringing this publication to NCSLI membership. Through this effort, Dr. Pettit has directly influenced the education and training of thousands of metrology professionals and leaders. His work has assisted in the furtherance of the education and training mission through publicity and advertising.

While Dr. Pettit would most certainly attribute these successes to a variety of individuals, Dr. Pettit’s individual contributions, leadership, and commitment to the metrology profession, NCSLI, and MEASURE have assured the success of this journal and its tremendous, immeasurable value to the goals and mission of the Education and Training activities of NCSLI.

2008 - Chris Grachanen

Metrology training and education efforts was to spearhead the creation of job descriptions for calibration technicians, calibration engineers and Metrologists for inclusion in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) listing. The SOC is updated once every ten years and is the foundation for the Bureau's Outlook Occupational Handbook used by educators and counselors to provide career guidance to high school and college students. To this end, Chris chairs the NCSLI 163.1 Working Group on Standard Occupational Classifications which developed formal job descriptions submitted to the SOC and which were recently used in the 2007 NCSLI Benchmarking survey. The working group currently is in correspondence with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) trying to standardize occupation classifications across government agencies and will be developing standard HR packages for disseminating information about metrology occupations.

Chris was one of the founding members of NCSLI’s 164.1 Metrology Education & Training Outreach committee and a major contributor for NCSLI’s newly revised recommended practice on Calibration Procedures RP-3. Chris championed the creation of ASQ's Certified Calibration Technician (CCT) body of knowledge which spanned nearly four years with participation from hundreds of calibration practitioners from the U.S. Dept. of Defense, U.S. Dept. of Energy, NASA, academic institutes, fortune 100 companies and private calibration facilities. The CCT body of knowledge had been the foundation for numerous training courses as well as several outstanding training publications.

2007 - Dr. Klaus Jaeger

Provided outstanding contributions to the field of metrology education and training. Klaus’s largest contribution to metrology education and training has been in the development of the Tutorials held at the NCSLI annual conference.  Klaus has designed, developed and organized all aspects of the NCSLI tutorials, serving as the conference tutorial chair since its inception in 1999. Through the guidance of Dr. Jaeger, in the time period of 2000 though 2006, over 2,100 tutorial attendees have been able to receive training and education through the NCSLI tutorial process. The NCSLI tutorial sessions that Klaus has developed are among the most significant metrology education and training activities in North America.

2005 - Dr. Howard Castrup

Dr. Castrup has published numerous technical papers and articles relating to analytical metrology and measurement analysis methods. He is active in the Measurement Science Conference and the NCSLI and has developed and teaches courses in measurement uncertainty analysis and statistical measurement process control, measurement decision risk analysis, and calibration interval analysis.