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Pat Gallagher

Pat Gallagher

Ever wonder how computers know what time it is? Many of them request the time of day from the nation’s Internet Time Service, which gets about 30,000 hits per second, all day long. Operated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the time service is one of many ways that the institute helps to support technologies that people use in their daily lives. This fall, Pitt alumnus and physicist Pat Gallagher (A&S ’87G, ’91G) was appointed deputy director of the institute. He’s now overseeing nearly 2,900 scientists, engineers, and other staff as they conduct research and develop standard performance measures for technologies like cell phones, smoke detectors, and cholesterol tests.