Faculty and Research Areas

The UNC Charlotte Fire Protection and Safety Management Program has diverse faculty, from different geographic and educational backgrounds, representing the fire science and safety science fields.

Michael Benjamin, PhD in Environmental and Industrial Hygiene, University of Cincinnati

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  • Research Interests: Occupational chemical exposures, Mathematical models to predict chemical exposures, Ergonomic stressors

Yuting (Tina) Chen, PhD in Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Construction Management focus), University of Toronto

  • Research Interests: Data analytics, construction safety, automation/robotics/VR/BIM, organizational and individual resilience vs. construction safety, organizational maturity vs. risk management of projects

Javad Hashempour, PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern Queensland

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  • Research Interests: Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fires, Fire Dynamic, Material Flammability, Structure Fires, Explosion Dynamic and Protection

Jeff Kimble, Ed D in Instructional Systems Design, University of Kentucky

  • Research Interests: Fire Service Management, Heavy and Tactical Rescue