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New JCRB Executive Secretary

On 1 February 2015 Dr Douglas Olson, on a two-year secondment from NIST (USA), took over as Executive Secretary of the Joint Committee of the Regional Metrology Organisations and the BIPM (JCRB Executive Secretary). Doug takes over from Chingis Kuanbayev who has returned to KazInMetr (Kazakhstan), having completed a two-year secondment at the BIPM. Doug, the seventh seconded Executive Secretary of the JCRB, is a world expert in pressure metrology. Until taking up his role at the BIPM he was leading NIST's high pressure standards programme with particular responsibility for the piston gauge pressure calibration service. He has written quality documentation and calibration guides, published papers on measurement standards, methods, pressure realization, and traceability, and was the NIST liaison to the SIM and CCM pressure working groups.

The primary role of the JCRB is to coordinate the activities among the RMOs in establishing confidence for the recognition of calibration and measurement certificates, according to the terms of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (CIPM MRA). The JCRB, which is chaired by the Director of the BIPM, is supported by Executive Secretaries seconded from the NMIs from across the globe. This approach strengthens the links between the BIPM and the RMOs, helps transfer knowledge to the RMOs and brings recent "front line" experience to the BIPM. Previous JCRB Executive Secretaries were: Dr Angela Samuel (NMIA, Australia), Dr Ismael Castelazo (CENAM, Mexico), Dr Pedro Espina (NIST, USA), Mr Luis Mussio (LATU, Uruguay), Mr Ömer Altan, (UME, Turkey).

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