Last updated on: 2/28/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Hratch Semerjian, PhD Biography

Title:
Deputy Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
Reasoning:

“NIST is by no means a new comer to the issues related to electronic voting. Previous to the HAVA [Help America Vote Act], NIST’s involvement in studying voting machine technology resulted in the publication of two technical papers in 1975 and 1988. NIST’s recent activities related to voting system technology have been preparatory to the implementation of HAVA and fulfilling the initial mandates of the law.”

Testimony before the Environment, Technology, and Standards Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, June 24, 2004

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to electronic voting machine issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to electronic voting machine issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Deputy Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), 2003-present
  • Testified before the Environment, Technology, and Standards Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science on June 24, 2004 about testing and certification of electronic voting equipment
  • Elected Member, National Academy of Engineering
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Brown Engineering Alumni Medal, 1997
  • U.S. Department of Commerce Distinguished Achievement in Federal Service Gold Medal, 1995
  • Director, Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory at NIST, 1992-2003
  • U.S. Department of Commerce Meritorius Federal Service Silver Medal, 1984
  • Researcher, National Bureau of Standards (the predecessor of NIST), 1977-2003
Education:
  • PhD, Engineering, Brown University, 1972
  • MSc, Engineering, Brown University, 1968
Other:
  • Acting Director of NIST from Nov. 2004 through July 2005
Quoted in:
  1. Is Qualification Testing Conducted by Independent and Accredited Entities?