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Scholarship Memorializing Metrology Legend Created for UNC-Charlotte

Two awards annually for students studying precision metrology

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2023 - 12:01

(University of North Carolina: Charlotte, NC) -- After the death of Bailey Squier, co-founder of the Digital Metrology Standards Consortium (DMSC), its board of directors contemplated ways to ensure his accomplishments and legacy aren’t forgotten. As a symbol of gratitude and admiration for Squier’s life and legacy, the DMSC board established the Bailey H. Squier DMSC Metrology Memorial Scholarship.

Serving as the DMSC executive director from 2005 to 2019, Squier helped turn the Quality Information Framework (QIF) into the leading digital metrology standard for model-based enterprise. Prior to DMSC, he was well-known throughout the ANSI and ISO standards organizations, with substantial influence over manufacturing and quality standards during his 40-year career with the CAM-I organization. Additionally, Squier was the primary technology architect of the DMIS (dimensional measuring interface standard) metrology standard, which enabled traceability of measurement processes and interoperability between coordinate measuring systems.

“Bailey had a warm personality that one could never forget,” says Curtis Brown, the active DMSC president. “He would draw people to him and leave them smiling when he left. He was just as comfortable discussing nuclear fission as he was talking about weather. We are honored to provide a lasting remembrance with this scholarship.”

The scholarship, established in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s William States Lee College of Engineering, will provide up to two awards annually to students studying mechanical engineering with a concentration in precision metrology.

Ed Morse, director of UNC-Charlotte’s Center for Precision Metrology, is a long-standing contributor to the DMSC, in particular with QIF standardization activity. “In my early years, Bailey Squier was always there with gentle guidance regarding participation, and he was instrumental in arranging UNC-Charlotte’s membership in the DMSC beginning in 2014,” says Morse. “I am thrilled that the DMSC has chosen to create a scholarship at our university to memorialize Bailey. This is a meaningful way for us to remember him and his contributions.”

UNC-Charlotte’s Center for Precision Metrology has been producing master’s and Ph.D. graduates for more than 30 years, often receiving requests from companies for engineering talent trained in metrology. To meet this need, the W. S. Lee College of Engineering has worked with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science to develop an undergraduate concentration in precision engineering and metrology that launched in fall 2023. The concentration includes hands-on studies in a newly outfitted undergraduate metrology lab; four related, technical elective courses; and a two-semester, senior design capstone course involving precision engineering. The new Bailey H. Squier DMSC Metrology Memorial Scholarship is designed specifically to support students in this concentration, offered only at UNC-Charlotte.

The high academic standards and attributes required will ensure this scholarship reflects Squier’s affinity for leadership, engineering, and metrology. The inaugural award for this newly announced memorial scholarship will be for the fall 2024 semester.

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