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Kenneth Furton



  • Higher Ed: Mathematics, Higher Ed: Science, Higher Ed: Administrator, Researcher 


Dr. Kenneth G. Furton is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida International University (FIU). He was founder and now Director Emeritus of the International Forensic Research Institute at FIU. He received a B.S. in Forensic Science from the University of Central Florida a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Wayne State University and completed post-doctoral studies at the University of Wales, Swansea, U.K. He has taught dozens of different courses enrolling thousands of students and directed the research of more than 100 undergraduate and graduate students. He is the author or co-author of more than 500 publications and presentations and has been continuously funded for two decades with more than $4 million in grants. Professor Furton's research program has focused on separation science including studying the chemical basis of detector dog alerts to forensic specimens including accelerants, biotoxins, currency, drugs, explosives and humans (dead and alive). He has been an invited speaker more than 100 times across the U.S. and in more than a dozen different countries. He has served on various panels, testified regularly as an expert witness and received numerous awards. He has been an active participant in many professional organizations and is currently co-chairing an international working group on dog and orthogonal detector guidelines.