David Icove, the UL Professor of Practice in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was recently awarded one of the top honors in his field as he was chosen a fellow of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers.
Part of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the organization is devoted to the study of why products or structures failed. Icove is a leading national expert in that field, performing what amounts to a structural autopsy for agencies ranging from the FBI and ATF to the Knoxville police and fire officials.
He spent more than 40 years in various law enforcement roles before taking that knowledge to UT and turning the data into research that can then be applied in new standards, textbooks, and understanding of fires and how to fight them.
Icove also turned that knowledge into one of the few graduate-level courses in the country devoted to forensic engineering.