Prof. David Adebimpe, DSc, PhD., founder and CEO of Polymath Interscience, is a research scientist, philosopher and inventor who uses his cross-disciplinary skills and expertise to solve unique problems that require the convergence of different scientific and technical disciplines and philosophies. With over 30 years of combined experience as a biochemistry, nanotechnology and organic chemistry professor and a guest scientist at NIST and NASA, he is a subject matter expert and world leader in the application of odorology and scent-engineering with the mechanics of mammalian olfaction to the development of scent-detection training aids and practical tools that enhance the olfactory capabilities of operational search-and-detect K9s.
David developed the first-and-only official inert replacements to the United States Marines’ Canine Kits for Explosives Detection. He also invented the world’s first non-hazardous training aids for the scent detection of a wide range of illicit and hazardous materials such as TATP, HMTD, Dynamite, PETN/ETN, Nitrocellulose, Nitroglycerin, EGDN, PCP, MDMA, Tetryl and Fentanyl, as part of the “ScentLogix™-K9” ScentKit Collection, which currently stands as the broadest collection of operationally-tested non-hazardous scent training aids ever produced for the imprinting and scent-training of working dogs in the detection of explosives, narcotics, guns, mines, ammunition, and currency.
Based on his knowledge of odor and olfaction David serves as a consultant to numerous agencies worldwide, including the Department of Defense (USA, India, Mexico), the Federal Police (Brazil), The Department of Justice (Australia), Department of Customs (Indonesia, Singapore, Kazakhstan), in matters pertaining to detector-K9 scent kit utility, training and certification protocols. As a result of user ratings and K9 performances, ScentLogix™ ScentKits are now regarded as the “gold standard” of training aids and the world’s first scent-reference materials for working dog imprinting, maintenance training and certification activities. Based on the consistency in performances of these explosives and narcotics training aids, they are now being considered as logically superior replacements to using real materials as training aids & certification standards, within numerous elite military, law enforcement and private working dog programs worldwide.
David’s qualifications include a Doctor of Science degree, an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, and a B.Sc. with Honors in Biochemistry with Psychology. Additionally, he has attended a number of FBI and US-DOJ certification programs in explosives detection and terrorist preparedness. He is a member of IABTI, a founding member of “SCENT-SOURCE” and serves on numerous national and international advisory boards. His current professional interests include “learning the art of applying a scientific knowledge of odor, scent engineering and biological olfaction, towards (i) the fabrication of electronic noses, and (ii) improving the portfolio of practical educational tools, utility scents, and training standards for the detector K9 community.”
CLASS: A 21st Century Reclassification of Scent-Training Aids Based on Scientific Studies, Training Outcomes & Operational Impacts
The statement, “the only thing 2 trainers agree on is what the 3rd one is doing wrong” is a well-known saying within the detector K9 community that is based on the real-life outcomes of scent-detection training practices used by scent-practitioners worldwide. Our collaborative investigations, carried out over a period of 10 years, reveal that the validity of this statement stems from practices that originate from a misclassification of scent training aids, a lack of quantifiable standards, and from an institutionalized misunderstanding that real materials make the best scent-training aids for the imprinting and maintenance-training of detector K9’s.
Using scientific data, videos, operational feedbacks and testimonials, this class will present a modern, 21st century classification of scent-training aids available for imprinting, maintenance training and certifications of detector K9s, plus the different types of training outcomes that can result from the use of each category of these aids available for training. Insights on how to produce detector K9’s with scent-and-detect capabilities that are superior to K9’s trained with our “default understanding” of scent training aids are also provided.