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Dr. Anthony P. Hamins

Anthony Hamins has been Chief of the Fire Research Division since 2008.  The Division develops and utilizes measurement science to enhance the disaster resilience of buildings and wildland-urban interface communities, improve fire fighter safety and effectiveness, and enable performance based design through cost-effective engineered fire safety for people, products, structures, and communities.

Prior to joining NIST in 1989, Anthony was a Postdoctoral Research Engineer at the University of California at San Diego and a Research Scientist at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.   He was a Project Leader in the Fire Research Division for nine years (1989 – 1997) and then served as Group Leader for nine years, most recently for the Fire Analysis and Prediction Group (2001-2007) and before that with the Fire Dynamics Group (1998-2000).

His research interests include measurement science applied to heat and mass transfer processes involving fires at multiple scales, fire investigation, the structure and extinction of non-premixed flames, micro-gravity combustion, the kinetics of flame inhibition, and structural fire resistance. While at NIST, he has led interdisciplinary research studies on advanced fire measurements and predictive methods, including large-scale fire experiments to provide data for validation of fire models. He has led fundamental and applied studies on fire suppression for a range of applications including automobiles, aircraft, space platforms, and structures. He is currently Co-Lead of the Engineering Laboratory's Strategic Goal on Disaster-Resilient Buildings, Infrastructure, and Communities.

In 2005, Anthony received the Department of Commerce Gold Medal for contributions to NIST's World Trade Center investigation. He has served as a Research Advisor for NIST Post-Doctoral Research Associates, for visiting scientists at NIST, and for students conducting their thesis and dissertation research. He served as Vice-Chairman of the International Association of Fire Safety Science (IAFSS) (2008-14) and the Technical Program Chair of the 9th Meeting of the IAFSS in 2008. He served as Chair of the Research Advisory Committee of the National Fire Protection Association's Fire Protection Research Foundation (2010-12), and as a member of UL's Fire Safety Council (2013-15), the Science Advisory Committee of the National Association of State Fire Marshals (2014-16), the Board of Advisors of the Fire Protection Engineering Department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2011- ), the Board of Visitors of the Fire Protection Engineering Department at the University of Maryland at College Park (2008- ), the Editorial Boards of the Fire Safety Journal (2014-16) and Fire Science Reviews (2012- ), and the FORUM of Fire Research Directors (2012- ). He has published over one-hundred journal articles and reports. 

Dr. Anthony P. Hamins


Chief, Supervisory Mechanical Engineer
Fire Research Division


University of California at San Diego, Ph.D., Engineering Physics, 1985

University of California at Berkeley, B.S., Physics


Phone: 301-975-6598