The innovations developed by Jerome Blair concerning analog and digital converters and waveform recorders have improved efficiency of equipment and benefited national security efforts. His sine wave histogram tests provided a new way to thoroughly test analog-to-digital converters for integral and differential nonlinearity and missing codes using significantly less data than previous testing methods to achieve equal or better accuracy. His improvements enabled much shorter test times and relaxed the requirements on test equipment. Blair patented an algorithm to quantify gamma-ray radial energy deposition in conventional semiconductor detectors, which has aided the detection of contraband nuclear materials. His work has enabled size and weight reduction of portable detection systems, and it enabled increased sensitivity of fixed stations monitoring traffic by eliminating the background radiation coming from directions other than a particular vehicle.
An IEEE Fellow, Blair is a chief scientist with Keystone International, Inc., Albuquerque, NM, USA. Blair was the recipient of the 2017 IEEE Joseph F. Keithley Award in Instrumentation and Measurement and the 2023 Standards Lifetime Achievement Award.