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Vyto Babrauskas
Vyto was a long-time researcher at NIST where he developed the two primary tools for measuring heat release rate of fires—the Cone Calorimeter and the large-scale furniture calorimeter. He was awarded the first-ever Ph.D. degree in fire protection engineering, from the University of California, Berkeley, and also holds degrees in physics and structural engineering. He is the author of over 350 articles and reports and three reference books, Heat Release in Fires, Fire Behavior of Upholstered Furniture and Mattresses, and the Ignition Handbook, which is the standard science reference work for fire investigators. He is currently working on a new book on Electrical Fires and Explosions. Since 1993 his firm Fire Science and Technology Inc. has specialized in lending fire science support to fire investigations and litigations, in addition to doing contract research for manufacturers, research institutes, and governmental bodies.

Phillip Brown
Mr. Brown is a Certified and Licensed Fire Investigator located in SEA’s Denver Office. His responsibilities include determining the origin and cause of fires and explosions in both structures and vehicles. Prior to joining SEA, Mr. Brown spent 13 years with the Fire Marshal’s Office, where he was the lead Arson Investigator for a Municipality in Georgia. He was in charge of four investigators and was responsible for overseeing the investigation division of the department. Mr. Brown has investigated well over 1000 fires in his career and is continuing with his investigations after retiring from the Fire Marshal’s Office.During his time with the Fire Marshall’s Office, Mr. Brown made several arrests of arson suspects, with a conviction rate of 80%. On many of these arrests, Mr. Brown was ultimately required to provide testimony in court as an expert witness. Mr. Brown also served as the lead contact person for the Metro Area Arson Task Force. Mr. Brown possesses the education, training, experience, and licensing requirements to be an expert in his respective field. He is also sensitive to the importance of issues and needs, such as spoliation of evidence, response time, and communications.
John Bull
John currently lives in Winston-Salem, NC and served in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division (3rdBn. 504th PIR – 1st. Brigade) Fort Bragg, NC and as a drill sergeant at Fort Jackson, SC. He has earned the Expert Infantry Man’s Badge (EIB). A graduate of NC State University with a B.A. in Sociology (Criminal Justice) & Minor in Political Science, he is a special agent with NC Alcohol Law Enforcement & Vice/Narcotics Officer with the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office.Mr. Bull began his insurance career with Integon/GMAC Insurance before leaving for NC Farm Bureau Insurance. He has worked for the past 13 years for North Carolina Farm Bureau Insurance and is currently serving as a Senior Special Investigator conducting investigations in central and northwestern NC.
Todd Burris
Todd has worked for several property casualty companies, the National Insurance Crime Bureau, and served within law enforcement since graduating from Indiana State University in 1994. Todd is currently the Director of the Special Investigations Unit at State Auto Insurance and established the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program in 2016.  Todd has initiated several local programs to include the License Plate Recognition project to honor fallen officer Craig Herbert which was recognized nationally by USA Today. Todd holds the Fraud Claims Law Specialist designation from the American Educational Institute and is a Certified Fraud Specialist through the ACFS. 
Greg Gorbett, Ph.D.
Greg is an Associate Professor in the Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation degree Program at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. He currently serves as a director for the National Association of Fire Investigators, as a vice chair for the Fire and Arson Investigator Journal of the IAAI, as a principal member of NFPA 921-Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations, and had served 10 years on NFPA 1033-Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator. He also currently serves as the secretary for the Fire and Explosion Investigation subcommittee for the Organization of Scientific Area Committees as part of an initiative by NIST and Department of Justice to strengthen forensic science in the United States.For the past 16-years, he has worked as a fire and explosion expert and currently runs his own consulting firm. Mr. Gorbett holds two Bachelor of Science degrees, one in Fire Science, and the other in Forensic Science. He also holds two Master of Science degrees, one in Executive Fire Service Leadership, and the other in Fire Protection Engineering. He also holds a Ph.D. in Fire Protection Engineering. Additionally he is certified as a CFEI, IAAI-CFI, CFPS, CVFI, and CFII. 
Brad Gordon
Brad Gordon is a managing partner of the Grotefeld Hoffman firm, Chicago office. He focuses his practice on litigation, representing the interests of corporations and insurance companies throughout the United States. Mr. Gordon has extensive experience in all phases of complex litigation, as well as aggregation od mass tort claims. In addition to handling subrogation matters involving product failures and construction defects. Mr. Gordon has also prosecuted high-profile claims involving Ford Ignition Switches, Ford Speed Control Deactivation Switches and Torchiere Halogen Lamps.
Michael Jacobs
After graduating with a Bachelors of Architecture, Michael E. Jacobs became an attorney licensed in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. His law practice includes insurance fraud investigations, insurance coverage opinions, bad faith defense, general insurance defense for personal, commercial and professional lines and construction litigation.  He is a published author on state regulations of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and insurance fraud.  Mr. Jacobs served as the National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators’ President in 2015 and its Ohio Chapter’s President in 2014. Michael’s speaking experience exceeds 25 presentations to various audiences, most insurance or construction related.
Robert Juergens, P.E.
Prior to becoming a Senior Electrical Engineer with S-E-A, Robert graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Missouri – Columbia, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1992. Mr. Juergens is a Registered Professional Engineer in several states, including Missouri and Illinois. Prior to joining S-E-A, Robert had 11 years experience as an electrical engineer and an electrical department manager. He specialized in industrial/commercial facility design, power systems, electrical installation, control systems and instrumentation, fractional horsepower motor design, and troubleshooting electrical equipment and control systems.Mr. Juergens is a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Arson Investigators and a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators. Since joining S-E-A, Robert has conducted investigations and analysis in areas including: electrical fires, product/failure analysis, shock and electrocution, lighting, electrical code compliance, lightning damage evaluation, electrical construction issues and costs, and scope and cost of repair reviews.
James Quintiere, Ph.D.
Educated as a mechanical engineer, he received a B.S. degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology (1962), and a M.S. (1966) and Ph.D. (1970) from New York University. His career in fire safety began in 1971 at the National Bureau of Standards (NIST). He is now Professor Emeritus of the Department of FPE, University of Maryland.  His research in fire has covered a wide range of topics including compartment fire behavior, fire induced flows, fire growth on materials and scale model studies. He has published recently Principles of Fire Behavior, 2nd edition, CRC Press/Taylor Francis, Boca Raton, FL, (August 2016)
Mark Svare P.E., Int.P.E.
Mark is a licensed Master Electrician, and Professional Electrical Engineer who has been involved in Forensic Engineering since 1990. He has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota. He is also a veteran of the United States Navy, where he served as an Electronic Warfare Specialist on board the U.S.S. Briscoe DD977. While in the Navy, Mark has served in regions such as South America, Europe, and Mediterranean Countries. Mark has taught numerous electrical courses for international, U.S. federal, state, local, and private organizations, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Advanced Fire Investigation program located at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center – Brunswick, Georgia. Mark’s practical experience and hands-on approach to investigations has qualified him as an electrical expert in both U.S. federal and state courts.
Ian Tedder
Ian has a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Mount Olive College and a Master of Justice Administration degree from Methodist University. Ian is currently employed a criminal investigator and certified fire investigator with the North Carolina Department of Insurance – Criminal Investigations Division.  Prior to coming to NCDOI-CID, he has served as a captain with the Wilmington (NC) Fire Department – Fire Marshal’s Office and a police detective with the King (NC) Police Department.  Ian also currently serves on the board of directors for the North Carolina Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators.