Roy A. McLane is an engineering technician 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). Mr. McLane joined NIST, formerly the National Bureau of Standards (NBS), in 1983.
His current research interests include developing measurement science to enable improved effectiveness and safety for fire fighters. Current research projects include: 1) High Temperature Respirator Performance Metrics, 2) Enhanced Fire Fighter Virtual Trainer, and 3) Passive Cooling Technology for fire fighter protective clothing. Mr. McLane is currently involved in projects to provide understanding and guidance for positive pressure ventilation and wind-driven fires.
In the past, Mr. McLane assisted in developing a package that was flown on NASA's Micro-gravity aircraft, KC-135. He has completed over 400 parabolic trajectories aboard the aircraft while conducting experiments to simulate burning in a weightless environment. Mr. McLane has fabricated a suppressant agent discharge facility for the Halon Replacement Program. He provided initial design support for and construction of the wind tunnel for the Heat Flux Calibration Project. Mr. McLane has designed, assembled and fabricated test stands for positioning specimen samples for the Passenger Vehicle Flammability Program. He assists in the design, fabrication, assembly, and operation of different research projects including, Polymer Gasification Study, Water Mist Application on Class A Commodities, On-Board Vehicle Extinguishing Systems, and Automobile Component Flammability Program.
Mr. McLane routinely provides support for experimental burns both in the field and at the Large Fire Research Facility at NIST. Mr. McLane's awards include the the Department of Commerce’s Bronze Medal for Positive Pressure Ventilation and RFID Tag Field Experiments (2007).
Fire Research Division
Fire Fighting Technology
Montgomery College, A.A., 1983