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Michael R. Smith

Michael R. Smith is a physical science technician 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. Smith started in Materials Fire Research of the Building and Fire Research Laboratory at NIST in 1992.  As a scientific/engineering technologist, Mr. Smith conducted flammability experimentation which established a ASTM test method to quantify the propensity of cigarettes to ignite soft furnishings.  He produced a smolder sustaining microgravity substrate for the NASA space shuttle glove box program. Mr. Smith has assisted in the initial Halon Replacement Investigation and has conducted chemical experimentation utilizing a turbulent jet spray burner.  He designed a flow tube furnace to investigate the formation and isolation of free radical and char behavior in polymeric materials.  Mr. Smith is currently conducting thermal characterization of polymeric materials through combustion analysis to establish new industrial materials with flammability retardant properties.  He conducted oxygen consuming cone calorimetry analysis which established polymehylmethacrylate as a standard reference material.  Mr. Smith is a member of the research team which received  the Department of Commerce Silver Medal for significant research/development, has been a member of the American Chemical Society, and was awarded esteemed membership by Sterling's Who's Who for excellence and leadership in science/engineering in 1994.

Michael R. Smith


Physical Science Technician
Fire Research Division
Flammability Reduction Group


Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland

U.S. Navy Tri Service Polysubstance Corp. USNNMC, Bethesda, Maryland

U.S. Navy Medical/Surgical Corp. USNTC/USNH, Great Lakes, Illinois

U.S. Navy Neuropsychiatric Corp. USNH, Portsmouth, Virginia

U.S. Navy Academy of Health Science, San Antonio, Texas


Phone: 301-975-6893
Email: michael.smith@nist.gov