Dr. Dave Icove

Fire 101

Dr. Dave Icove

David J. Icove, PhD, PE

UL Professor of Practice
The University of Tennessee
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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The Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Professor of Practice, Dr. Icove is an internationally recognized forensic fire engineering expert with over 40 years of experience. He is the co-author of the leading textbooks on fire investigation, including Kirk’s Fire Investigation, Forensic Fire Scene Reconstruction, and Combating Arson-for-Profit, the leading textbooks in the field of fire investigation.

Dr. Icove served over four decades as a criminal investigator on the federal, state, and local levels. He is presently a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville; as well as an Adjunct Faculty member at the Department of Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland.

He is also a Registered Professional Engineer and a Board-Certified Diplomate in the National Academy of Forensic Engineers.

Dr. Icove is an expert in the field of fire investigation. He has testified as an expert witness in criminal and civil trials, including three times before U.S. Congressional committees regarding FBI initiatives to detect and prosecute serial arsonists.

While employed at the FBI as a Criminal Profiler, he led the development of the present-day motive classification system for arson, which is based upon case studies and lengthy prison interviews of convicted arsonists.

Dr. Icove holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Engineering Science and Mechanics from The University of Tennessee. He also holds a B.S. degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland-College Park.

He has also serves as a principal member of the National Fire Protection Association’s Technical Committee on Fire Investigations, (NFPA 921) the committee that oversees the standards of care in the field.