Dr. Samuel L. Manzello joined the Fire Research Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which is part of the United States Department of Commerce, in January 2001. Prior to his appointment at NIST, he completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2000, with a dissertation in the area of sooting and radiation in microgravity droplet combustion.
During his tenure at NIST, Dr. Manzello’s research interests have been intentionally broad, and may be best described as bringing fundamental combustion knowledge to practical problems. While serving as a National Research Council (NRC) Post-Doctoral Fellow at NIST, his research in droplet-surface interaction was featured in the journal Nature. In addition to microgravity combustion, and droplet-surface interaction, he has led investigations on soot formation in a well-stirred reactor/plug flow reactor, the physics of fire-structure interaction, and most recently Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) fires. The renown NIST Firebrand Generator or “Dragon” has enabled the investigation of vulnerabilities of structures to wind-driven firebrand showers for the first time.
Dr. Manzello has received many awards including a NASA Graduate Student Researcher Fellowship (NASA-GSRP), a National Research Council (NRC) Post-Doctoral Fellowship, a fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), a NIST Individual Bronze Medal, NIST Engineering Laboratory (EL) Awards for best paper and Outstanding Communicator, the 2015 Harry C. Biggelstone Award, the 2016 Tibor Z. Harmathy Award from Springer Nature, and the 2016 Best Journal Paper Award from the Combustion Society of Japan. He delivered invited plenary lectures at the 11th International Association for Fire Safety Science Symposium in 2014, recognized as the most prestigious conference for fire safety science research in the world, the 9th Asia-Oceania Symposium on Fire Science and Technology Symposium in 2012, and the 2010 10th International Conference on Combustion and Energy Utilization. He has served as an invited Guest Editor for Fire Technology and Fire Safety Journal, is currently Associate Editor of Fire Technology, on the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal Fire and Materials, and is Editor in Chief of an Encyclopedia on Wildfires and Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fires to be published by Springer Nature, the first such reference work on this emerging topic.