Distinguished Speaker Series:
Michael Sigman, Ph.D.
Director of the National Center for Forensic Science and professor in the UCF Department of Chemistry
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
Tuscawilla Country Club
1500 Winter Springs Blvd.,
Winter Springs, FL 32708
Abstract: Arson is a violent crime that leads to significant loss of life and property each year. Much of the physical evidence is altered or destroyed in the fire, often making the crime difficult to detect and prosecute. This presentation will address these difficulties and the role that modern forensic science plays in removing the challenges of arson investigation and prosecution.
Biography: Michael Sigman earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from Florida State University. He was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago. He worked for Dow Chemical Company and Oak Ridge National Laboratory before coming to UCF in 2002. He was promoted to professor and named Director for the National Center of Forensic Science at UCF in 2013.
Professor Sigman serves on editorial boards for Reviews in Analytical Chemistry and Forensic Chemistry. He also serves on the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for reform of forensic science practice in the U.S. and an International Working Group on Chemical Evidence. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, research reports and book chapters, and he holds five patents. His research interests are in the forensic analysis of explosives and ignitable liquids.