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Butler, Bret

Research Mechanical Engineer
Employee Role: 

RMRS Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory
5775 US Hwy 10 West
Missoula, MT 59808

Photo: Bret Butler

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University

Research topics: 
  • Quantifying Energy Transport
  • Surface Wind Modeling in Support of Fire Management
  • Improving Firefighter Safety
  • Fire-Induced Effects
Personal Summary: 

Bret's research focuses on fundamental heat and combustion processes in wildland fire. Applications for his research include fire behavior models, links between fire behavior and effects, and firefighter safety. He came to the Forest Service in 1992 after receiving a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University, where he studied energy transport in particle laden flames.

Modified: Apr 20, 2021