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Dr. David Icove

UL Professor of Practice

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Contact Information

Email: icove@utk.edu
Web: Personal Website
Mailing Address:
Min H. Kao Building, Room 643
1520 Middle Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-2250
Office Phone: 865-974-8051
Office Fax: 865-974-4369

Areas of Interest

  • Forensic engineering analysis of electrical cable fires in power plants
  • High performance computational modeling of fires and explosions
  • Cyberterrorism, intrusion detection, and computer security
  • Pattern recognition, artificial intelligence, and image processing

Education

  • PhD in Engineering Science and Mechanics, University of Tennessee, 1979
  • MS in Electrical Engineering, University of Tennessee, 1973
  • BS in Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland, 1975
  • BS in Electrical Engineering, University of Tennessee, 1971

Background

An internationally recognized forensic engineering expert with over 40 years of experience, Dr. Icove’s expertise is based on a blend of university teaching, on-scene fire tests and experiments, and authorship of several peer-reviewed textbooks and articles. A retired federal law enforcement agent, he has testified as an expert witness in civil and criminal trials, as well as before U.S. Congressional Committees seeking guidance on key legislative initiatives.

Professional Associations

  • Registered Professional Engineer (TN, VA, TX, PA, LA, AR, MD & AL)
  • Member, National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
  • Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (NAFI)

Funded Research

  • U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (2010-11). Fire Modeling for Nuclear Engineering Professionals, with UT Prof. A. Ruggles, Washington, DC.
  • National Institute of Justice (1998). Cybercrime Cyberterrorism Study, 98-MU-CX-A076, U.S. Dept. of Justice, Washington, DC. $65,000.
  • U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (1995-2001), Arson Information Management System (AIMS) Project, Emmitsburg, MD. $450,000.
  • National Computer Security Center (1988-1993). Computer Assisted Security and Investigative Analysis Tool, Ft. Meade, MD. $450,000.
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (1974). FEDAP: A Fire Engineering Data Analysis Program, Gaithersburg, MD. $500.

Patents

  • U.S. Patent 7724134, May 25, 2010, Passive Microwave Fire and Intrusion Detection System, D.J. Icove and C.T. Lyster.
  • U.S. Patent 7454411, Nov 18, 2008, Parallel Data Processing Architecture, J.D. Birdwell, T.W. Wang, R.D. Horn, P. Yadav, and D.J. Icove.
  • U.S. Patent 7272612, Sept. 18, 2007, Method of Partitioning Data Records, J.D. Birdwell, T.W. Wang, R.D. Horn, P. Yadav, D.J. Icove.
  • U.S. Patent 6741983, May 25, 2004, Method of Indexed Storage and Retrieval of Multidimensional Information, J.D. Birdwell, T.W. Wang, R.D. Horn, P. Yadav, D.J. Icove.

Peer-Reviewed Textbooks

Representative Publications

  • D.J. Icove, G.E. Gorbett, J.D. Birdwell, and R.E. Merck. 2010. Fire Modeling: Best Practices for Constructing Academic High Performance Computing Clusters, (ISFI 2010, International Symposium on Fire Investigation Science and Technology, College Park, Maryland, September 27-29, 2010)
  • D.J. Icove and B.P. Henry. 2010. Expert Report Writing: Best Practices for Producing Quality Reports, (ISFI 2010, International Symposium on Fire Investigation Science and Technology, College Park, Maryland, September 27-29, 2010)
  • A.T. Tinsley, M. Whaley, and D.J. Icove. 2010. Analysis of Hay Clinkers as an Indicator of Fire Cause, (ISFI 2010, International Symposium on Fire Investigation Science and Technology, College Park, Maryland, September 27-29, 2010)
  • J.D. DeHaan, D.J. Icove, R. Crim, J.L. Blankenship. 2010. Burning for Profit: Putting it all Together. (ISFI 2010, International Symposium on Fire Investigation Science and Technology, College Park, Maryland, September 27-29, 2010)
  • A.T. Tinsley and D.J. Icove. (2008). An Assessment of the Use of Structural Deformation as a Method for Determining Area of Fire Origin, (ISFI 2008, International Symposium on Fire Investigation Science and Technology, Cincinnati, Ohio, May 19-21, 2008)
  • D.J. Icove and M.W. Dalton. (2008). A Comprehensive Prosecution Report Format for Arson Cases, (ISFI 2008, International Symposium on Fire Investigation Science and Technology, Cincinnati, Ohio, May 19-21, 2008)
  • D.J. Icove and C.T. Lyster. (2007). Passive Microwave Fire Detection: A Survey and Assessment, (11th International Conference on Fire Scene and Engineering, University of London, Royal Holloway College, United Kingdom, September 3-5, 2007.)
  • D.J. Icove and G.A. Haynes. (2007). Guidelines for Conducting Peer Reviews of Complex Fire Investigations, (Fire and Materials Conference, San Francisco, California, January 29-31, 2007.)
  • D.J. Icove and J.D. DeHaan. (2006). Hourglass Burn Patterns: A Scientific Explanation for their Formation (International Symposium on Fire Investigation Science and Technology, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 26-28, 2006.)
  • D J. Icove, H.E. Welborn, A.J. Vonarx, E.C. Adams, J.R. Lally, T.G. Huff. (2006). Scientific Investigation and Modeling of Prehistoric Structural Fires at Chevelon Pueblo, (International Symposium on Fire Investigation Science and Technology, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 26-28, 2006.)
  • D.J. Icove and J.D. DeHaan. (2004). NFPA 921’s Impact on Fire Scene Reconstructions, Fire Protection Engineering Magazine, (Society of Fire Protection Engineers, Bethesda, Maryland, Vol. 21, pp. 10-16. Winter 2004)
  • A.M. Christensen and D. J. Icove. (2004). The Application of NIST’s Fire Dynamics Simulator to the Investigation of Carbon Monoxide Exposure in the Deaths of Three Pittsburgh Fire Fighters. Journal of Forensic Science, Vol. 49, No. 1. PDF
  • H. Stambaugh, D. Beaupre, D.J. Icove, R. Baker, W. Cassaday, and W.P. Williams (2000).State and Local Law Enforcement Needs To Combat Electronic Crime. Research in Brief, NCJ 183451, Washington, D.C. PDF
  • D.J. Icove. (1997). Collaring Cybercrooks: An Investigator’s View. IEEE Spectrum. New York, NY, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, June 1997. PDF
  • D.J. Icove. (1990). Safeguarding Computer Centers, Security Management. American Society for Industrial Security, Arlington, VA.
  • D.J. Icove and R. Gilman. (1989). Arson Reporting Immunity Laws, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., Vol. 58, No. 6, September 1989.
  • K.A. Seger and D.J. Icove. (1988). Power Theft: The Silent Crime, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., Vol. 57, No. 3, March 1988. PDF
  • D.J. Icove and M.H. Estepp, Motive-Based Offender Profiles of Arson and Fire-Related Crimes, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., April 1987.
  • D.J. Icove. (1986). Automated Crime Profiling, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., Vol. 55, No. 2, December 1986. PDF

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