NIST Presenter Bios

Dr. Willie E. May
Associate Director for Laboratory Programs, NIST

Dr. Willie E. May is responsible for oversight and direction of NIST's six laboratory programs and is the principal deputy to the NIST Director. The position of Associate Director for Laboratory Programs was created in October 2010 as part of the first major realignment of NIST programs in more than 20 years. NIST's six laboratories include the Physical Measurement Laboratory, Material Measurement Laboratory, Engineering Laboratory, Information Technology Laboratory, the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, and the NIST Center for Neutron Research. The NIST Laboratories collaborate with U.S. industry and universities to conduct measurement, standards, and technology research that advances the nation's R&D infrastructure. The overarching goal of the NIST laboratory programs is to accelerate U.S. innovation, which is a major driver of economic growth and job creation.
Prior to his current position, Dr. May served as Director of the Material Measurement Laboratory, which serves as the Nation's reference laboratory for measurements in the chemical, biological, and materials sciences through activities ranging from fundamental research in the composition, structure, and properties of industrial, biological and environmental materials and processes, to the development and dissemination of certified reference materials, critically evaluated data, and other measurement quality assurance programs. Previously Dr. May led NIST's research and measurement service programs in chemistry-related areas for more than 20 years. His personal research activities were focused in the areas of trace organic analytical chemistry and physico-chemical properties of organic compounds.

George E. Jenkins
Chief Financial Officer, NIST

In May 2011, George E. Jenkins was appointed Chief Financial Officer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In this role, Mr. Jenkins is responsible for budget formulation and execution, financial management, acquisition and grants management, business systems and internal control and risk management activities.
Mr. Jenkins began his federal career in 1996 with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), where he served in several financial management related positions including Deputy Director of the Financial Management Systems Group, where he provided strategic vision and direction for financial and non-financial data processing systems with annual budgets in excess of $210 million. He also served as a Senior Technical Advisor to the CMS Office of Financial Management providing technical advice to the Chief Financial Officer for the implementation of the Medicare Modernization Act.
In 2008, Mr. Jenkins was accepted into the Senior Executive Service and joined the Department of Health and Human Services, where he served as the Director of the Office of Program Management and Systems Policy. In this capacity he was responsible for the strategic vision, design, oversight and implementation of all Department-wide enterprise financial management systems.

Barry E. Berkowitz
Director, Department of Commerce, Office of Acquisition Management

Barry E. Berkowitz joined the Department of Commerce, Office of the Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Administration team in January 2011.  Mr. Berkowitz has over 35 years experience in acquisitions, engineering and major systems development, most recently serving as Director of the Office of Cost Analysis within the U.S. Department of Energy. In that role, he was charged with the creation of the office to effectively manage cost analysis on behalf of the Department.
His private sector experience spans over 13 years and includes serving as Chief Information Officer for a National Emergency Response Organization, Chief Operating Officer for a communications company, and Vice President of Engineering and Operations for a Digital Satellite Provider.
Mr. Berkowitz is a retired Lt. Colonel in the Air Force, where he served for over 20 years in various capacities, including pilot, engineer, program manager, and teacher.

Malda Brown
Procurement Center Representative, U.S. Small Business Administration

Malda Brown is a Procurement Center Representative (PCR) for the United States Small Business Administration. Ms. Brown has served as Chief of Contracts for five years at the United States Small Business Administration; she furthered her education at Strayer University and continues to expand her knowledge through various training opportunities. She is responsible for overseeing the small business practices of several major Federal Government Agencies, such as  the Department of Health & Human Services, Department of Commerce, Department of Justice, Army Core Engineering, Social Security Administration and Walter Reed.
Ms. Brown is responsible for ensuring that Federal Agencies share a fair portion of purchases to small businesses of all types by counseling, assisting, and recommending that requirements be seta aside for Small, Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDB) and Women-owned Small Businesses (WOSB) to name a few. Malda's responsibility is to increase both the dollar value and percentage total of contract awards to small businesses and enhance competition while staying in compliance with Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). Ms. Brown has thirty plus years in government contracting and ensuring that small business contracts are in accordance with Small Disadvantaged Business practices.
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