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Gregory Gorbett

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  • Professor, Program Coordinator


Contact Information

  • Department: Fire Protection and Paramedicine Sciences
  • Office: Ashland 125
  • Mailing Address: Ashland 124
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  • Phone: (859)622-2344


Dr. Gregory E. Gorbett is a full-time Professor with Eastern Kentucky University teaching in the Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology Program. Dr. Gorbett is also a professional Fire and Explosion Analyst. He holds National Board Certification as a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI), International Association of Arson Investigators Certification as a Certified Fire Investigator (CFI), as well as certification as a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) through the National Fire Protection Association. CFEI status deals with the accurate listing of a fire or explosion’s, origin, cause, and responsibility. CFPS status deals with issues of fire protection, fire safety, and knowledge of fire safety codes and standards. 

Dr. Gorbett holds two Bachelor of Science degrees, including a cum laude Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Science from the University of Maryland. 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 PhD in Fire Protection Engineering. He is a member of the National Fire Protection Association’s Technical Committee of the Standard for Fire Investigator Professional Qualifications (NFPA 1033, between 2004-2014, 2016-present) and was a member of the National Fire Protection Association’s Technical Committee on Fire and Explosion Investigations (NFPA 921) between 2016-2018. He served as the Chairman of the Executive Board of the NFPA Fire Science and Technology Educator’s Section, served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Fire Investigators (2003-2017), served as the Vice-Chair of the Fire and Arson Investigator Journal of the International Association of Arson Investigators (2012-2019), and was the Executive Secretary on the Crime Scene/Death Investigation Scientific Area Committee’s (SAC’s) Fire and Explosion Investigations Subcommittee within the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). 

Primary Areas of Academic Interest: 

Fire and explosion investigation and analysis; Enclosure fire dynamics and fire behavior via residential scale and small-scale experimentation; Fire science and its application to building codes, building construction, fire protection and forensics; Failure analysis and electrical fire causation; Mathematical modeling and computer simulation of fires in buildings; engineering forensic tools; and the use of computer fire models in fire investigation, reconstruction and protection. 


Subject  TitleDatesLocationTerm
FSE 101Fire PreventionMW 11:00am-12:15pm Ashland Building 138AFall 2021
FSE 120Fire Behavior & Combustion  Internet Classes Fall 2021
FSE 120Fire Behavior & CombustionMW 9:30am-10:45am Ashland Building 137Fall 2021
FSE 350Fire Arson & Explsn Invstgtn IMW 1:25pm-2:40pm Ashland Building 138AFall 2021
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