The Senate on Nov. 30 confirmed Arden Bement Jr. as director of the National
Institute of Standards and Technology. Bement, 69, was nominated by President
Bush on Oct. 23 to lead the Commerce Department agency. He succeeds Raymond
Kammer, who retired in December 2000. NIST deputy director Karen Brown was
acting director in the interim.
"The addition of Arden Bement completes
a stellar 'tech team' for the Bush administration," Commerce Secretary Don
Evans said. "He brings a wealth of experience in both the private and public
sector [that is] vital to this position."
Bement was most recently head
of the School of Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University. However, he is
well-versed in the workings of the agency, having previously been head of
NIST's primary private-sector policy advisory panel, the Visiting Committee
on Advanced Technology. He also has headed the advisory committee for NIST's
Advanced Technology Program and was on the board of overseers for the Malcolm
Baldrige National Quality Award.
Bement joined Purdue in 1992 after a 39-year
career in industry, government and academia. These positions include: vice
president of science and technology for TRW Inc. (1980-1992); deputy undersecretary
of Defense for research and engineering (1979-1980); director of the Office
of Materials Science at the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (1976-1979);
and professor of nuclear materials at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Retired Army Lt. Gen. John "Mike" McDuffie has been appointed as group vice
president for Defense Department programs and systems at Anteon Corp., a
leading information technology and engineering solutions company, the company
announced Dec. 3.
McDuffie will lead Anteon's DOD support in logistics modernization,
Army medical programs, and designated command, control and intelligence
McDuffie previously served for three years as the Joint Chiefs of Staff
director for logistics (J-4). He was the principal adviser to the chairman
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on logistics, engineering and medical issues
and programs impacting DOD.
Anne Reed, former chief information officer at the Agriculture Department,
recently was named to lead the Electronic Data Systems Corp.'s state and
local government sector. Reed joined EDS' Government Global Industry Group
last year. In her new position, Reed expects that state and local governments
will focus on homeland security, public safety and law enforcement. She
also said EDS is focused on enterprise solutions, as several states are
examining how to restructure their communications infrastructure to support
For more, see "EDS sends intergovernmental signal"
Suzanne Te Beau on Nov. 28 was named as associate administrator for policy
congressional affairs at the Transportation Department's Research and
Special Programs Administration (RSPA). She also is the newest member of
the agency's executive leadership team. Te Beau formally joined the agency
Te Beau is responsible for formulating, directing and implementing RSPA-wide
policies, as well as representing the agency in its dealings with Congress
and working closely with members and committee staff on legislative and
RSPA is responsible for the safe movement of hazardous materials to
industry and consumers by all modes of transportation, including pipelines.
It also coordinates rapid response to transportation emergencies and advances
science and technology for national transportation needs.
Te Beau previously was a House of Representatives counsel to subcommittees
of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.