Edgar Clayton Teague, PhD

Title: Group Leader and Precision Engineer
Company: National Institute for Standards and Technology
Location: Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States

Edgar Clayton Teague, PhD, Group Leader and Precision Engineer at the National Institute for Standards and Technology, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in nanotechnology.

From a formative age, Dr. Teague desired to enter the field of aeronautical engineering, and as he progressed in his areas of interest, discovered he wanted to design control systems, hydraulic systems and navigation systems. Although he had set his sights on engineering, he realized he had greater opportunities within the realm of physics. As such, he attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in physics in 1961 and a Master of Science in physics in 1964. At the inception of his career in 1964, he joined Texas Instruments, Inc., in Dallas as a project leader for three years before relocating to Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Beginning in 1972, Dr. Teague was a project leader for the National Bureau of Standards, now known as the National Institute for Standards and Technology, before being promoted to group leader in 1978 and group leader and precision engineer in 1986, where he remains today. From 1998 to 2003, he also served as the division chief for the Manufacturing Metrology Division, and from 2003 to 2011, was the director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office. Falling into the field of nanotechnology due to a natural progression of events, Dr. Teague has thoroughly enjoyed his career. Notably, he has held patents on methods of forming semiconductor regions in epitaxial layers and a patent on flexure hinges.

During his career, Dr. Teague also received a Doctor of Philosophy in physics from the University of North Texas in 1978. Since 1989, he has further excelled as the editor-in-chief of the Nanotechnology Journal, and he has contributed to more than 60 refereed scientific publications. An invited speaker on high accuracy dimensional metrology, the design, construction and use of precision instrumentation for metal-vacuum-metal tunneling, the measurement of surface roughness, and light scattering methods for on-line control of surface roughness, Dr. Teague maintains affiliation with the American Physical Society, the American Academy for the Advancement of Science and the American Society for Precision Engineering, where he formerly served as chairman of the board of directors.

As a testament to his success, Dr. Teague was inducted into the National Institute for Standards and Technology’s Gallery of Distinguished Scientists, Engineers and Administrators in 2015, and in 2011, received the Chairman’s Award. Other prestigious accolades to his credit have included the 2007 and 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award from the European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology, the 2007 Meritorious Service Award from the American National Standards Institute, the 1996 Kilby International Award from the Kilby Awards Foundation and the 1995 Allen V. Astin Measurement Science Award. Earlier in his career, he received the 1981 Silver Medal Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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