Dr. Gregory T. Linteris is a mechanical engineer 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). Dr. Linteris is a project leader for research on material flammability in the Flammability Reduction Group. He also conducts research to understand the detailed mechanisms of chemically acting fire suppressants.
Before joining NIST in 1992, Dr. Linteris was on the research staff at the University of California, San Diego, where he performed analytical and numerical studies on the structure of N2O/CO and H2/NO2 flames; the kinetics of these systems are important in the deflagration region of some solid rocket propellants. He also performed experimental and analytical studies of the lift and drag forces on heptane droplets in unsteady, non-uniform flow. Dr. Linteris's Ph.D. research, at the Fuels Research Laboratory at Princeton University, was in the area of high-temperature chemical kinetics. During his first year, he studied the oxidation of n-butyl benzene in a turbulent chemical kinetic flow reactor. In his last three years, he developed a laser absorption system and a novel 180º laser-induced fluorescence probe for remote, trace radical concentration measurements--the first ever in the Princeton flow reactor, and used these to study the moist CO oxidation reaction. In 1997, Dr. Linteris served as a payload specialist astronaut on two NASA space shuttle missions, conducting microgravity combustion, fluid mechanics and material science experiments while in earth orbit for twenty days.
Dr. Linteris is an editorial board member for several major journals in combustion, has presented a number of papers at national and international scientific meetings, and has authored or co-authored 50 refereed and 83 un-refereed scientific publications. He has received numerous awards, including a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the White House, an ASME Distinguished Speaker award, and best paper awards from ASHRAE and AIAA. He is an instructor in the part time engineering program at the Johns Hopkins University, where he teaches a graduate course in combustion.