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Daniel R. Benigni

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Daniel R. Benigni, senior analyst at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the U.S. Department of Commerce in Gaithersburg, Maryland, has made significant contributions toward shaping today's IEEE. He is a selfless volunteer and passionate supporter of the organization, demonstrated by the critical roles he has served on more than 25 committees and boards, including the IEEE Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Regional Activities Board, IEEE-USA Board, and Publication Services and Products Board. He was instrumental in transforming the US Activities Board into the IEEE-USA.

As general chairman of the IEEE 2002 Section Congress in Washington, D.C., he helped to influence the IEEE Foundation's financial support for the well-received core leadership educational program. He also created the operating and finance committees of the Regional Activities Board, thus establishing clear responsibilities in these areas.

Mr. Benigni began his career with the U.S. Department of Defense, designing large data management systems for interactive ship designs. He has been at NIST since 1982, developing ANSI and ISO standards for computer graphics and product modeling. In 1998, he became NIST's first Acting Chief Information Officer and is currently responsible for its IT strategic, operational and architecture planning.

An IEEE Senior Member, he has received the IEEE Third Millennium Medal and the National Engineering Award, the highest award given by the American Association of Engineering Societies.