Dr. Marla Dowell

Fellow Member | National Institute of Standards and Technology
Dowell, Marla
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SPIE Membership: 8.6 years
SPIE Awards: Fellow status | Senior status
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Marla Dowell is Director of the NIST Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL) and NIST Boulder Laboratory. NIST has a long role in advanced wireless communications going back over 100 years, to the development of the first radios running on AC electricity and radio triangulation techniques used during World War I. Today, NIST CTL serves as the leader for advanced communications standards and measurements, enabling dramatic changes in how consumers, manufacturers, governments, and others provide and consume information, transact business, provide and use essential services, among many other tasks. NIST CTL works closely with its partners in industry, academia, and across the federal government to address the insatiable societal demand for connectivity, one that requires significant advancements in communication technologies.

Dr. Dowell has represented NIST on national and international standards committees for optics and photonics as well as external advisory committees on research innovation, photonics, and communications. Her breadth of technical expertise and superior people management skills have been recognized by several prestigious awards: Department of Commerce Silver Medal, NIST Equal Employment Opportunity/Diversity Award, Judson C. French Award, Allen V. Astin Award, and the Arthur S. Flemming Award from George Washington University.

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