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Dr. Anthony P. Hamins

Prior to joining the Fire Research Division at NIST in 1989, Hamins was a Postdoctoral Research Engineer at the University of California at San Diego and a Research Scientist in the Chemistry Department at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. At NIST, he has served as Project Leader (1990 – 1997), Group Leader (1998 - 2007) and Division Chief (2008-2015). His research interests include fire model validation, fire dynamics, heat and mass transfer processes in fires of multiple scales, fire suppression, flame structure, and micro-gravity combustion. While at NIST, he has led interdisciplinary research studies on advanced fire measurements and predictive methods, including large-scale fire experiments for validation of fire models, as well as fundamental and applied fire suppression studies for a range of applications including buildings, automobiles, aircraft, and space platforms.

Hamins has served as a Research Advisor for Post-Doctoral Research Associates, visiting scientists, and students conducting their thesis and dissertation research. He served as Vice-Chair of the International Association of Fire Safety Science (IAFSS) (2008-14) and Chair of the Research Advisory Committee of the National Fire Protection Association's Fire Protection Research Foundation (2010-12). He is currently a member of the Editorial Boards of the Fire Safety Journal and Fire Science Reviews. In 2005, Hamins received the Department of Commerce Gold Medal. He has published over one-hundred journal articles and reports.

Dr. Anthony P. Hamins


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