Prof Kenneth G. Furton

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Florida International University
Kenneth G. Furton, Ph.D, is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Florida International University where he also serves as Provost, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He has made important contributions to inventions and innovation in detection technologies including human scent identification. He holds 24 U.S. patents and has numerous additional patents pending and is a founder of an FIU startup company Innovative Detection Concepts, Inc. he is the author or co-author of more than 800 peer-reviewed articles, books, book chapters and conference presentations. Furton is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, an ACS member, and chairs the Dogs and Sensors subcommittee of OSAC (Organization of Scientific Area Committees). His research projects have been continuously funded for more than two decades, totaling more than $14 million in external funding. He has shared his expertise in forensic science through hundreds of invited talks nationally and internationally and has testified as an expert witness in dozens of state and federal trials.

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