Paul Tekorius is a certified fire and explosion investigator. He has investigated fires and explosions throughout the United States and Canada for the last ten years. Prior to joining our team, he was a Deputy Sheriff serving on the bomb squad and is a retired Sergeant.
Mr. Tekorius is one of the few certified computer fire modelers in the United States. He has been published at the Advanced Research Workshop Computer Fire Modeling University of Cantabria, Spain. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University, and is seeking a Masters from the University of Greenwich. He is a graduate of the Hazardous Devices Course in Huntsville, Alabama.
His law enforcement background makes him a skilled investigator who can properly process a scene, interview witnesses and forensically reconstruct structures in both three dimensional CAD drawings and in a computer fire model.
Mr. Tekorius is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, and the International Association of Arson Investigators. He is a member of the board of directors for the IAAI Oregon chapter and acts as a liaison between IAAI and IABTI.
David Howitt is an Emeritus Professor at the University of California at Davis, specializing in the Science of Materials and Forensic Science. He is an expert in the oxidation and combustion of materials and the ways in which they ignite and decompose in a fire. This includes the ignition requirements from electrical and thermal sources for flammable and combustible gasses, liquids and solids, the microstructural changes and decomposition products associated with fire damage including the way in which metals arc and the significance of the various theories that pertain to the determination of fire causation.
Dr. Howitt has done research and taught courses covering a wide range of Engineering Materials at the graduate and undergraduate level as well as short courses for fire investigators for the Department of Justice and the International Association of Arson Investigators. He has supervised major research contracts in the science of materials with Federal agencies and private industry and is an authority in the area of materials evaluation and the significance of impression evidence, having supervised major research contracts with the National Institute of Justice.
He founded the Characterization Center for Materials and the Graduate Group in Forensic Science at UC Davis, has published over 150 technical papers and testified extensively in Superior Court in the areas of fire causation, failure analysis and forensic microscopy.
Eric Adair has over 20 years of experience in the Hearth and Heating industry working with chimneys, vents, fireplaces, and stoves. He previously managed the Research & Development Department of one of the largest venting manufacturers. He has tested and evaluated many of the chimney systems available in the market today, and has been issued several patents related to venting products. Mr. Adair is a recognized expert in the area of chimney and vents, and helps clients with fire and liability investigations, as well as aiding with product development, testing, and evaluation.
He has served on several industry committees including the Underwriters Laboratories’ Technical Panels for both Chimneys and Stoves, the Hearth Patio and Barbeque Association’s Technical Committee, and was the Chairman of the Venting Products Committee of the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute. Currently, he serves on the Board of the Chimney Safety Institute of America and is the Chairman of its Product Acceptance Committee.
Mr. Adair received his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from University of California at Davis, his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and is a Professional Engineer registered in California.