Dr. Wright is the Project Leader for flow measurements in NIST's Sensor Science Division. Currently, he is studying the effects of heat transfer on the accuracy of critical flow Venturi meters. Dr. Wright developed a Pressure-Volume-Temperature and time gas-flow standard that has an uncertainty of 0.025%, an accomplishment that earned him the US Department of Commerce Bronze Medal. In 2011, he earned the US Department of Commerce Silver Medal for helping to quantify the flow and uncertainty of the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Wright is also responsible for measurements of hydrocarbon liquid flow, liquid density, and liquid volume (for petroleum traceability). Dr. Wright piloted the first international key comparison for low-pressure gas flow (completed in 2007), and he is presently the Chairman of the Working Group for Fluid Flow, a committee organized by the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) to coordinate calibration measurement capabilities and comparisons for national metrology institutes. Before moving to NIST in 1995, Dr. Wright designed and constructed a volumetric water flow standard and he has two flow measurement patents from this period of his career.
Dr. John Wright's research interests are: