Dr. George Arnold, formerly national coordinator for smart grid interoperability at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has moved to a new role at the organization as Director of the Standards Coordination Office.

In this position, which was effective March 11, Arnold leads NIST’s overall engagement with the documentary standards and conformity assessment communities. Line management responsibilities also include the NIST Standards Services Program, the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program, and the NIST Quality Management System.

In his former role over the past few years Arnold has been a central and tireless figure in smart grid standardization activities in the U.S., which have developed alongside industry smart grid activities stimulated by the Recovery act of 2009.

“I feel very good about all that has been accomplished in the smart grid program over the last four years through collaboration with hundreds of private and public sector colleagues, and I look forward to continuing these relationships,” said Arnold in a post announcing his new position. “I also look forward to being able to leverage the knowledge and experience gained to additional issues of critical national need in which standards enable innovation, economic growth and improved quality of life.”

In this vein, and to reinforce NIST’s commitment to the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), Arnold will continue to serve as NIST’s senior representative to the SGIP and as its representative on the SGIP Board of Directors.

A successor to Arnold has yet to be appointed. In the meantime Dave Wollman, manager of smart grid standards and research at NIST, who was Arnold’s deputy, is serving as acting director of the Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office.