Kelly M. Opert is a fire protection engineer in the Fire Fighting Technology Group of the Fire Research Division (FRD) of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Ms. Opert started at NIST in the summer of 2008 as part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program processing data for NIST Technical Note 1603: Experimental Study of the Effects of Fuel Type, Fuel Distribution, and Vent Size on Full-Scale Under-ventilated Compartment Fires in an ISO 9705 Room. The following year she was hired full time. She continues to work on the under-ventilated compartment fire testing series and has recently gotten involved with the development of performance metrics and test methods for personnel location and tracking technologies for emergency responders.
Fire Protection Engineer
Fire Research Division
Fire Fighting Technology
University of Maryland, B.S., Fire Protection Engineering, 2009