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John R. Shields

John R. Shields is a physical scientist 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). Mr. Shields joined the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) in August 1986 as an Engineering Technician at the Large Fire Lab. He works on two projects:

  1. Experimental Investigation of Structural Ignition in Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fires
  2. Fire Barrier Flame Exposure Testing

Mr. Shields operates a Transmission Electron Microscope as a measurement tool to aid in the characterization of polymer nanocomposites.  Also, Mr. Shields has been involved in many research projects in Fire Science and has co-authored many publications.

John R. Shields


Physical Scientist
Fire Research Division
Flammability Reduction Group


University of Maryland, B.S., Geology, 1983


Phone: 301-975-2591
Email: John R. Shields@nist.gov