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Welcome to NAFE!

The National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) was formed to identify and bring together professional engineers having qualifications and expertise as practicing forensic engineers to further their continuing education and promote high standards of professional ethics and excellence of practice. It seeks to improve the practice, elevate the standards, and advance the cause of forensic engineering. Full membership in the Academy is limited to Registered Professional Engineers who are also members of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). They must also be members in an acceptable grade of a recognized major technical engineering society. NAFE also offers Affiliate grades of membership to those who do not yet qualify for Member grade.  NAFE is formally affiliated with NSPE, but is an independent organization incorporated in the State of Virginia.

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A Message from NAFE Executive Director Arthur Schwartz, ESQ, CAE    

It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the Executive Director of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE). Since being appointed to the position, many NAFE members, both longstanding and new, have offered me their heartfelt support.   Thank you for the words of encouragement as well as your thoughts and ideas for new and improved NAFE products and services.

Since its founding in 1982, NAFE members have worked diligently to improve forensic engineering practice, elevate forensic engineering standards, and advance the cause of forensic engineering in the US and internationally.  Through its Chartered Affinity Group status with the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), its accreditation through the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) and linkages to other professional and technical societies, NAFE is highly respected within as well as beyond the engineering community.

Today, NAFE committee and task force members are working hard to provide NAFE members with excellent continuing professional development offerings, technical publications, ethical leadership, standard contract documents, professional liability insurance options, legislative representation and other activities and programs to support forensic engineering practice.  In addition, The NAFE Journal is among the most well-respected and sought out forensic engineering journals currently in circulation.

NAFE’s twice annual national conferences provide NAFE members with a unsurpassed opportunity for networking and fellowship.  I look forward to seeing you at a future NAFE event. 

A major current goal of the NAFE leadership is to provide improved and updated services to all NAFE members.  To help achieve that goal, in the coming months, NAFE will be unveiling a more robust website to provide NAFE members with enhanced services and increased options to assist them in taking better advantage of NAFE offerings, including registration for NAFE meetings and programs, access to current forensic engineering information, access to NAFE publication and other products and services. 

Thank you again for the opportunity to allow me to serve as Executive Director of this important and impactful organization.

Advice as to Forensic Engineering Practice    

NAFE Executive Director Emeritus Marvin M. Specter, PE-LS, F. NSPE, Hon M. ASCE, a Past  President of NSPE and the Founding President of NAFE has offered to serve as a mentor and  to provide advice and counsel on matters relating to the practice of Forensic Engineering. He has more than 60 years of  experience  in FE practice. This service will be provided without charge [pro bono publico] and will be available to both existing and prospective practitioners. He can be reached by e-mail: specter@nafe.org  or  telephone: 914-779-6161.   

Call for Papers

NAFE seeks Members & Correspondents that are interested in submitting paper abstracts for consideration as potential presenters and peer-reviewed published authors!

Topic: the application of engineering principles to legal matters

Contact: Journal@nafe.org

More information:

NAFE Journal Contents
NAFE Journal Guidelines

What is Forensic Engineering?

Forensic Engineering is "the application of the art and science of engineering in matters which are in, or may possibly relate to, the jurisprudence system, inclusive of alternative dispute resolution.“

If you are interested in learning more about the broad and developing field of forensic engineering, and would like to have the benefits of professional association with the Academy's members, read the Joint NSPE and NAFE statement. Better yet, contact us.

Engineering Credentials

The various credentials for Engineers and Allied Professionals and the continued increase in the number of such credentials create confusion for practitioners and consumers alike. Many have recognized that this confusion compromises the effectiveness of these credentials. Some of the confusion is due to lack of understanding about credentials, their benefits and limitations, and credentialing terminology. To address these needs, the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) and the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) have collaborated to prepare this tutorial on credentials for engineers and allied professionals.

All NAFE Members, Senior Members and Fellows are Board Certified and credentialed Diplomate Forensic Engineers

 Read more by downloading the entire tutorial in PDF form.