Dr. Brent Horn is the current chair of the Criminal Justice Department and Director of Forensic Science Programs at Weber State University. Born and raised in Sacramento, CA, he has always been fascinated with how and why things in the world work the way they do. He began his college studies at BYU Provo, Utah right out of high school. After taking two years off school to serve a church mission in Argentina, he completed his bachelors of science in chemistry. He moved back to California to attend graduate school at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) in Pasadena. At CalTech, he learned about the future need for forensic scientists and found his “calling” in science. Upon earning a masters degree in chemical physics, he returned to BYU Provo to complete a doctorate degree in analytical chemistry. Why chemistry? Because he loves the pretty colors. After graduation, he took a post-doctoral position with Sandia National Laboratory in Livermore, CA in the Microfluidics Division. He worked on national security projects including chemical and biological weapon detection systems for first responders and facilities protection.
Dr. Horn began working as a faculty member at Weber State University in 2005. At the same time, he began working in the chemistry section of the Utah State Crime Lab analyzing controlled substances. He also spent regular time with the Weber Metro Crime Scene Investigation Unit. These experiences served as an excellent training ground for how science interfaces with the criminal justice system and formed the basis for his philosophy for teaching forensic science and crime scene investigation to Weber students.