Kayla Tunajek Presented with Best Poster Award at IAAI Annual Training Conference

Kayla Tunajek and Bill Hicks

Kayla Tunajek is a Senior in the Fire, Arson, and Explosion Investigation program and recently attended the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) annual training conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. This conference took place April 9-14th and covered a wide range of topics used by fire investigators in the field. The purpose of this conference is to provide attendees with access to top experts in the field of fire investigation, provide networking opportunities, and hold classes designed to broaden knowledge and skills used in fire investigation. Ms. Tunajek had the opportunity to present research she has been conducting since October. Her research was on developing a method for evaluating and excluding electrical receptacles in a fire scene. Fire investigators are tasked with determining origin and cause and evaluating receptacles is a part of that process. Investigators evaluate receptacles on every scene, yet no formal method exists that shows one how to do conduct that process. This method provides fire investigators with a step-by-step process for evaluating damage present on receptacles and then either ruling that receptacle out or submitting it for further testing. Ms. Tunajek was granted the opportunity to present this research in front of hundreds of professionals in the field and was awarded the Best Poster Award by IAAI. This award is granted for the best poster based on technical content, organization and visual presentation. Ms. Tunajek’s research will also be published in the Australian Association of Fire Investigators Fire Point magazine.

Kayla Tunajek Poster Presentation

Published on April 26, 2017

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