Bio:Dr. Gavin Horn, Research Program Director has led the research team since 2004. His research interests lie in the areas of first responder technology development, firefighter health and safety research, material testing and design, infrared imaging and nondestructive evaluation. He holds a Senior Research Scientist position with the Advanced Materials Testing & Evaluation Laboratory at Illinois where he carries out static strength and fatigue testing of materials and the development of nondestructive evaluation technologies for industries ranging from aerospace to microelectronics. Gavin has published many peer-reviewed journal articles and given more than 40 presentations at professional conferences around the world.
Dr. Horn has been awarded First Place at the Society of Experimental Mechanics International Student Speaking Competition, an M&IE Alumni Board Teaching Fellowship, and has been named to the UIUC "List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students" four times.
He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois. He also serves as a volunteer firefighter/engineer with the Savoy (IL) Fire Department, where he was named the 2011 Firefighter of the Year.