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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 has truly been a privilege to serve as NAFE Executive Director since February 1, 2014.  The period since the beginning of the transition has been extremely productive and personally rewarding.  Working closely with the NAFE Board of Directors and the NAFE membership has provided me with an ever increasing understanding and appreciation of the critical role played by forensic engineers in their professional practice, the high ethical standards of the NAFE members and the selfless dedication of the NAFE leadership.

This has been a year of extraordinary and unprecedented transition for NAFE.  In addition to the transition in the NAFE Executive Directorship, NAFE headquarters, along with all NAFE records and publications were relocated from the New York City area to Alexandria, Virginia.  NAFE leaders conducted an intensive facilitated one day leadership retreat in early 2014 to focus on NAFE’s future direction.  Operationally, NAFE embarked upon a transition from all paper records to electronic records along with an online membership database, including an online membership application and membership upgrading system.  Using a temporary pre-assigned user name and password, all NAFE members and affiliates may now log into the NAFE website, create a more personalized user name and password, update their member profile, access NAFE products and services, pay their dues and engage with their NAFE member and affiliate colleagues on professional, technical issues, and in fellowship. NAFE also undertook a NAFE Journal editorship transition, instituted online membership voting for NAFE officers and directors, engaged in a study of the NAFE government documents, launched an online NAFE membership directory, added multiple membership features to the NAFE website (www.nafe.org) which including vital NAFE documents and publications, initiated a mentoring program for NAFE members, and conducted a very successful national meeting on July 5-6, 2014 in Washington, DC. 

I especially want to congratulate all NAFE officers, directors, committees and task forces for their diligent work in instituting the aforementioned changes as well as the NAFE membership for their patience in seeing these changes through.  As with most transitions, these changes did not occur without an occasional bump or hiccup, but for the most part, all changes went smoothly and without disruption to NAFE operations.

Very exciting events are in store for 2015, with the NAFE Winter Meeting, “Regular” and “Special” Seminars on January 9-11, 2015 at the Marriott in Hollywood Beach, Florida and the NAFE Summer Meeting, “Regular” and “Special” Seminars on July 17-19, 2015 at the brand new Marriott Bellevue in the Seattle, Washington area.  Superb technical and professional sessions, social events and networking opportunities are being planned   I sincerely hope to see you in Hollywood Beach, FL and in Bellevue, WA!

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, apply for membership.

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.