Edward J. Hnetkovsky is a engineering technician in the Fire Measurements Group of the Fire Research Division (FRD) of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Mr. Hnetkovsky started at NIST in May 1998 working in the Metal Store Room, Division 825. Previously,Mr. Hnetkovsky was employed by COMSAT Laboratories as a machinist. Other work experience includes fluid power repair, steel fabrication and welding.
Mr. Hnetkovsky joined the Building and Fire Research Laboratory in August 2002 as an engineering technician in The Large Fire Laboratory where he supported the World Trade Center investigation, The Station Nightclub fire investigation, Wildland Urban Interface fire testing, Consumer Products Safety Commission mattress compliance testing, IR camera testing, and a multitude of other large fire tests. In 2007, Mr. Hnetkovsky moved to Building 224 and into The Fire Measurements Group where he has supported a number of different programs that include Wildland Urban Interface, High Propensity Cigarette Ignition, PASS Device testing at elevated temperature and high temperature seal tests. Mr. Hnetkovsky oversees the Fire Research Division's machine shop and is the Division 866 RAM Custodian.