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Matthew Hoehler (Fed)

Division Chief

Dr. Matthew Hoehler is the Chief of the Fire Research Division (FRD) of the Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The Fire Research Division is comprised of five groups conducting research in engineered fire safety, firefighting technology, flammability reduction, wildland-urban interface fire, and large-scale fire experiments (The National Fire Research Laboratory). Before that, he served as a Research Structural Engineer where he provided program and technical support to further NIST´s mission to ensure a resilient national infrastructure. Dr. Hoehler has over twenty-five years of experience in experimental testing and analysis of the performance of materials, components, and structures associated with structural collapse, natural disasters, or human-initiated events. 

Prior to joining NIST in 2014, Dr. Hoehler worked in the management and execution of applied research for private and public entities in the United States and Europe. His research interests include full-scale testing of structural and nonstructural building systems in earthquakes and fires, anchorage to concrete, modeling and behavior of reinforced concrete structures, and the development of measurement technology. He has been an associate member of American Concrete Institute (ACI) Committee 355 "Anchorage to Concrete", International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib) Special Activity Group "Fastenings to Concrete and Masonry" and a contributor to the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) Working Group for the Technical Specification "Design of Fastenings for Use in Concrete."

Dr. Hoehler has a certificate to teach in institutions of higher education in Baden-Württemberg, Germany and is a licensed Professional Engineer in California.

Please visit Google Scholar for a full list of publications.


  • Jacob Rabinow Applied Research Award (2020)
  • U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal (2019)
  • U.S. Department of Commerce Bronze Medal (2019)
  • Society of Fire Protection Engineers Jack Bono Award for Engineering Communications (2019)
  • Fire Protection Research Foundation Medal (2019, 2018)
  • Grant for Advisor Exchange to Indian Institute of Technology Madras (2005)
  • The Moles Student Award (1998)
  • Associated Western Universities Undergraduate Research Fellowship (1997)



Selvarajah Ramesh, Lisa Choe, Matthew Hoehler, Matthew Bundy
This paper presents the results of compartment fire experiments conducted on 9.1 m × 6.1 m steel-concrete composite floors in a full-scale, two-story, two-bays

Structure Separation Experiments: Shed Burns without Wind

Alexander Maranghides, Shonali Nazare, Eric Link, Matthew Bundy, Matthew Hoehler, Steven Hawks, Frank Bigelow, William (Ruddy) Mell, Anthony Bova, Derek McNamara, Tom Milac, Faraz Hedayati, Daniel Gorham, Xareni Monroy, Murray Morrison, Bob Raymer, Frank Frievalt, William Walton
This report describes the experiments conducted during the first phase of a multi-phase project designed to assess structure-to-structure fire spread for

Patents (2018-Present)

Created October 9, 2019, Updated April 4, 2023