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Ofodike A. Ezekoye, PhD, PE

W. R. Woolrich Professorship in Engineering

UTFRG Lab Director

Select Publications
  • Roberts, B.C., Jones, A.R., Ezekoye, O.A., Ellison, C.J. and Webber, M.E., 2017. Development of kinetic parameters for polyurethane thermal degradation modeling featuring a bioinspired catecholic flame retardant. Combustion and Flame, 177, pp.184-192.

  • Bruns, M.C. and Ezekoye, O.A., “Modeling Differential Scanning Calorimetry of Thermally Degrading Thermoplastics”, Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, 105, 241-251, 2014

  • Overholt, K.J, Cabrera, J. Kurzawski, A. Koopersmith, M. Ezekoye O.A., “ Characterization of fuel properties and fire spread rates for little bluestem grass” Fire Technology 50.1 (2014):pp 9-38.

  • Upadhyay, R.R. and Ezekoye, O.A., "Treatment of Design Fire Uncertainty using Quadrature Method of Moments", Fire Safety Journal, Vol. 43, 2008, No. 2, pp. 127-139

PhD | Mechanical Engineering |University of California-Berkeley 

MSME | Mechanical Engineering |University of California-Berkeley

BSME | Mechanical Engineering |University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Ofodike Ezekoye is an expert in combustion and heat transfer in high temperature and reacting systems such as combustion engines, furnaces, and structure fires. His research covers a range of applications from fundamentals of combustion systems to scientific support of the fire service in developing fire fighting tactics. In recent years he has been a pi or co-pi on funded research from the Department of Commerce, AFOSR, and DOE. He has published over 200 journal and conference papers in heat transfer and combustion and has co-authored books on heat transfer and a book chapter on ignition.

Kevin C. Marr, PhD, PE

Research Engineer

UTFRG Lab Manager

Select Publications
  • Ponchaut NF, Marr K, Ogle R. “Fire Risks from Lithium-ion Batteries: Navigating Evolving Regulations.” Proc. of the Int. Stationary Battery Conf. Boca Raton, FL, May 10-12, 2016. 

  • Ponchaut NF, Colella F, Marr KC. “Vapor Clouds.” SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering, 5th ed. Ed. MJ Hurley. New York: Springer, 2016, 2664-2704.

  • Somandepalli V, Marr K, Horn Q. Quantification of combustion hazards of thermal runaway failures in lithium-ion batteries. SAE Int. J. Alt. Power, 3(1), 2014, 98-104.

  • Marr KC, Clemens NT, Ezekoye OA. Mixing characteristics and emissions of strongly-forced non-premixed and partially-premixed jet flames in crossflow. Combustion and Flame, 159, 2012, 707–721. 

PhD | Aerospace Engineering |The University of Texas at Austin 

MS | Aerospace Engineering |The University of Texas at Austin

BS | Aerospace Engineering |The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Kevin Marr is an expert in heat transfer, combustion, and fire science. His research areas include fire and thermal safety of batteries and fire forensic methods. Dr. Marr has expertise in a wide range of experimental and analytical techniques and has developed custom tools and techniques to analyze and assess fire and explosion hazards encountered in various industries, including consumer products, agriculture, and petrochemical and manufacturing refineries. Dr. Marr has authored or co-authored several publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings and is a co-author of a book chapter on vapor cloud explosions.