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Cumberland Native Tabbed By Biden To Lead NIST

July 18th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

Axios is reporting that President Biden will nominate Cumberland native Laurie Locasio to lead the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and she will have responsibility for promoting innovation and technology. 

Locasio has been serving as Vice President for Research  at the University of Maryland, College Park. 

Dr. Locascio previously worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), most recently as Acting Principal Deputy Director and Associate Director responsible for leading the internal scientific research and laboratory programs across two campuses in Gaithersburg, MD and Boulder, CO.

Locascio received a B.Sc. in chemistry from James Madison University, a M.Sc. in bioengineering from the University of Utah, and a Ph.D. in toxicology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. As a biomedical researcher, she published more than 100 scientific papers and 11 patents.


She graduated from Bishop Walsh High School in 1979.