FBI Explosives expert to speak at Forensic Seminar

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KINGSTON, R.I. – April 14, 2008 – Kirk Yeager from the FBI explosives unit will discuss, “Investigating Bomb Scenes” Friday, Apr. 18 at the University of Rhode Island’s Forensic Science Seminar.

The event will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Pastore Hall, 51 Lower College Road, Room 124 and is free and open to public.

Yeager’s expertise includes tackling crime scenes where explosives have been used. For example, he analyzes post-explosive crime scenes, including tiny scraps of evidence left over from a bombing to link it to the bomber. Yeager has even worked with his team during the Oklahoma City Bombing to trace evidence to the bomber.

Yeager earned a bachelor of science in chemistry from Lafayette College and a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from Cornell University. After graduation he finished a post-doctoral appointment at New Mexico Tech laboratory under the instruction of Jimmie Oxley, a world-renowned energetic materials expert who is now a chemistry professor at the University of Rhode Island.

Yeager served as associate director of research and development at New Mexico Tech’s Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center after doing his post-doctoral work there. Now he works with the FBI Explosives Unit as a forensic examiner.