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MSL announces New Chief Metrologist

13 July 2016

Callaghan Innovation CE Mary Quin has appointed Eleanor Howick as Chief Metrologist effective 1 August 2016.  Eleanor Howick is a Principal Research Scientist and Leader of the Length Standards Section at MSL where she has been working since 1991.

Eleanor graduated with a MSc (1st Class in Physics) from the University of Canterbury. Her areas of expertise include  three-dimensional measurement using a coordinate measuring machine, laser interferometers and stabilised lasers. She also works with KiwiStar Optics developing methods for  the metrology and alignment of large optics.  The Length Standards Section is responsible for the realisation of the metre within New Zealand and disseminating length and dimensional measurements to New Zealand industry.  Eleanor has strong links within both the national and international metrology communities through her involvement in the Metrology Society of Australasia, IANZ (technical expert for 15 years) and APMP (Asia Pacific Metrology Programme).

The Chief Metrologist is a verifying authority for measurement standards under the National Standards Regulations 1976 in relation to the verification and reverification of any standard or standards of measurement. The main duty of the role is to ensure the integrity of the measurement system in New Zealand.

In practice, the Chief Metrologist needs to be satisfied that:
• Measurement results provided by MSL are traceable to the SI (the International System of Units),
• Measurements carried out in NZ, at least by IANZ accredited laboratories, can be traceable to the SI by relying on verified measurement results supplied by MSL.

Eleanor succeeds Tim Armstrong as Chief Metrologist. Tim has performed this role since 27 July 2009 and is retiring from MSL in September.