James Kushmerick is the Deputy Director of the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST). He received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Pennsylvania State University. Following postdoctoral research at Sandia National Laboratories, and 4 years as a Research Chemist at the Naval Research Laboratory, Jim joined the NIST staff to continue his research focused on nanoscale electronics. The primary objective of his research was to understand the fundamentals of charge transport in nanoscale systems by exploiting in situ electronic and vibronic spectroscopies. He has over 50 publications including several in high profile journals such as Nature Materials, Nano Letters and ACS Nano, and holds 4 patents in the areas of directed assembly of nanoscale devices and monolayer-based nanoscale switches.