Kenneth W. Fent, PhD, CIH

Dr. Kenneth Fent is a research industrial hygienist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). He obtained his Master of Science and doctoral degrees in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Fent joined NIOSH in 2008, where he currently works as a research industrial hygienist. He is also a Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service, where he is a member of a rapid deployment team and has responded to numerous emergency events, including the Ebola response in West Africa. Dr. Fent’s research has focused on assessing dermal and inhalation exposures to combustion byproducts in firefighters. Currently, he is involved in a comprehensive study of cardiovascular and carcinogenic risks during modern firefighting in collaboration with the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) and the UL Fire Safety Research Institute (UL-FSRI) and a prospective firefighter cancer cohort study (in collaboration with the Universities of Arizona and Miami).