Chris Greer and Dave Wollman head NIST smart grid program


Dr. Chris Greer 
Dr. Chris Greer and Dr. David Wollman have been appointed respectively as director and deputy director of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office.

Greer will also concurrently hold the title of National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability. This position had previously been held by Dr. George Arnold, who earlier this year was promoted to the position of director of NIST’s Standards Coordination Office.

Greer previously served as associate director for programs in the NIST Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) and acting senior advisor for cloud computing. Prior to joining NIST, he served as assistant director for information technology R&D in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and cybersecurity liaison to the National Security staff. Before entering government service, he was a member of the tenured faculty at the University of California, Irvine, where his research focused on gene expression.

Greer holds a Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA degree from the University of California, San Diego.

Wollman most recently served as manager, smart grid standards and research in the Engineering Laboratory, and was acting director of the Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office following Arnold’s move to his new appointment. Previously he managed efforts within the NIST Physical Measurement Laboratory to maintain and advance electrical standards and metrology supporting the electric power industry. In addition, he has served in several other positions at NIST, at both the Gaithersburg and Boulder locations.

Wollman holds a Ph.D. degree in condensed matter physics and MS degree in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BS degree in Physics from Michigan State University.

“Chris and Dave will build on the outstanding work conducted under the leadership of George Arnold,” said Dr. Shyam Sunder, Director of the NIST Engineering Laboratory. “Their goal is to promote the measurement science and standards required to create a new generation of interoperable, dynamic, and efficient ‘smart systems’ through the convergence of networking, information, and communication technologies with distributed sensing, control, data analytics, and predictive tools.”