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Dr. Rodney A. Bryant

Dr. Rodney A. Bryant is a mechanical engineer in the Flammability Reduction Group of the Fire Research Division (FRD) of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Dr. Bryant's research interests include the fluid dynamics of fire, measurement science as applied to the convective transfer of heat and mass, and measurement uncertainty.  Dr. Bryant presently directs several research projects aimed at improving measurement methods to foster a better understanding of the fluid dynamics of fires and to reduce the risk of exposure to respiratory threats for first responders.

Dr. Bryant joined NIST in 1998 as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow.  During that appointment he conducted research to characterize the turbulent mixing of gaseous jets using Planar Laser Induced Fluorescence (PLIF) and Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV).  Since then, Dr. Bryant directed and contributed to a variety of projects within the Building and Fire Research Laboratory (BFRL).  Major contributions of those projects include the development of procedures to estimate the uncertainty of heat release rate and heat flux measurements in large-scale fire tests, and measuring the effectiveness of fire extinguishing agents.

Dr. Bryant has authored or co-authored over 20 scientific publications which include journal articles, conference papers, and NIST reports.  He is an active reviewer for major journals in fire, combustion, heat transfer, and fluids research.  He is a member of The International Association for Fire Safety Science (IAFSS), The Combustion Institute, and The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Dr. Rodney A. Bryant


Mechanical Engineer
Fire Research Division
Flammability Reduction Group


University of Michigan, Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, 1998

University of Maryland, M.S., Aerospace Engineering, 1993

University of Maryland, B.S., Aerospace Engineering, 1991


Phone: 301-975-6487
Email: rodney.bryant@nist.gov