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Two New Faculty Members to Join the EKU Department of Fire Protection and Paramedicine Science



The Fire Protection and Paramedicine Science Department at EKU proudly announces the addition of two new faculty members.  Gerald Haynes and Dr. Shijin Kozhumal will begin this Spring and will teach in the following three Bachelor of Science degrees: BS Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology, BS Fire Protection Administration, and BS Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation.  See below brief biographies for each new faculty member and please join us in welcoming them!  

Best regards,

Gregory E. Gorbett, Ph.D. and William D. Hicks, Ed.D.


Gerald A. Haynes, PE, DFE, CFPS, CFEI, CVFI is a registered Professional Engineer with more than 40 years of experience in the field of Fire Protection.  He holds both Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degrees in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland – College Park.  He is currently the President of Haynes and Associates, LLC and serves as an adjunct lecturer for the Office of Advanced Engineering Education at the University of Maryland.

Mr. Haynes’ experience includes work at the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology Building and Fire Research Laboratory.  His experience is multi-dimensional, including municipal fire service, fire and explosion investigations, complex case analysis and engineering support, and military service.  He has provided testimony as an expert witness in state and federal courts in cases related to fire cause, fire testing protocols, and fire protection system performance.  He has conducted numerous presentations in the U.S. and internationally in the areas of fire dynamics, fire modeling and forensic fire engineering analysis.  He currently is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE), the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), the National Association of Fire Investigators, (NAFI) and ASTM International.  He is a former member of the technical committees of NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations, and NFPA 1033 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator.  He is co-author of the eighth edition of “Kirk’s Fire Investigation,” and the third edition of “Forensic Fire Scene Reconstruction.”


Shijin Kozhumal, Ph.D. is currently a lecturer in the Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology Program at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky.  Previously, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow and an adjunct professor in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering, at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, MA. He earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, in 2015. During his Ph.D., he conducted experimental and numerical investigations on flame stabilization and flame-vortex interaction in laminar cross-flow non-premixed flames in the presence of bluff bodies. Dr. Kozhumal holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Technology degree in Thermal Sciences. His primary research interests are computational fluid dynamics (CFD), combustion, and fire dynamics. He has conducted numerical studies on offshore oil burn enhancement, quenching of propagating flames, physics of ice melting in the presence of in-situ burning of oil, and wildland fire spread. His current research is focused on numerical and experimental investigations on fire dynamics and fire forensics.

Published on January 05, 2018

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