Gorbett Discusses Computer Fire Modeling in South Korea

Greg Gorbett, associate professor in the Department of Fire Protection and Paramedicine Sciences at Eastern Kentucky University, traveled recently to South Korea to give a presentation on the use of computer fire modeling.

He was invited by the Korea Fire Investigation Institute (KFII) and Hoseo University, who are collaborating on increasing the reliability of forensic fire scene reconstruction in South Korea. Gorbett co-presented with the department chair for Fire and Disaster Protection Engineering at Hoseo University, and two faculty members from the Department of Forensic Science at the National Research Institute of Police Science in Japan. 

“This is the second time that I have been invited to South Korea to present on the research and work being accomplished at EKU,” Gorbett said. “The Department of Fire Protection Engineering at Hoseo University and the Department of Fire Protection and Paramedicine Sciences at EKU will be signing a memorandum of understanding to encourage research and future plans between EKU and Hoseo University.  I am grateful for the opportunity to once again discuss the cutting edge research and vision that EKU has outlined for the fire investigation profession.  I am also equally excited to expand our research interests with the representatives from Japan’s forensic science community.”

 Earlier this year, Gorbett was featured as one of the nation’s “Top 15 Arson Investigation Professors” by ForensicsColleges.com. Also, in a “60 Minutes” segment on a deadly hotel fire that aired in 2013, Gorbett was cited as one of the nation’s “top five fire experts.” Also in 2013, FireScience.org named the EKU faculty member in its list of the Top 10 Fire Science Instructors in the South.

Gorbett also serves as coordinator of EKU’s online Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation degree program. For more information on the program, visit fireandarsoninvestigation.eku.edu.

Published on May 01, 2014