NIST Veteran Became U.S. Government’s Top Chemist

People: Willie May took over agency charged with research and standards in forensic science, cybersecurity, and more

Andrea Widener

 Willie May May was confirmed as NIST director in 2015.


Willie May
May was confirmed as NIST director in 2015.
Credit: James Kegley

Willie E. May became the U.S. government’s top chemist on May 4 when the Senate confirmed him as the 15th director of the National Institute of Standards & Technology. May, who grew up in segregated Birmingham, Ala., has worked at NIST for 44 years, rising through the ranks from on-the-ground analytical chemist to director. He leads NIST at a time when it is the go-to federal agency for research and standards in important areas such as forensic science, cybersecurity, and manufacturing.

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