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 The National Academy of Forensic Engineers and its members are committed to:

  • Serving the public by advancing the ethical and professional practice of forensic engineering;

  • Serving the jurisprudential system by certifying individuals having achieved expertise in forensic engineering;

  • Serving Academy members and furthering the development of forensic engineers through education and the publication of peer-reviewed technical literature.

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.

Meet some members

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A Message from NAFE Executive Director Arthur Schwartz, J.D., CAE    

If you were unable to attend the January 2016 NAFE Winter Meeting in Tampa, Florida, based upon my impressions as well as the feedback received from meeting attendees, you missed a terrific meeting!  A phenomenal engineering tour of Busch Gardens – Tampa led by engineer Mark Rose, followed by a very successful and productive NAFE Board of Directors Meetings at which the new NAFE logo was approved, a wonderful dinner at the historic Columbia Restaurant, a fabulous dinner cruise by the Tampa Bay and two consecutive days of terrific seminars were just some of the highlights.  The NAFE leadership continues to do a phenomenal job assembling a superb and stimulating program on current issues in forensic engineering practice as well as a variety of very exciting social events.  Plans are already well underway for the June 24-26 2016 NAFE Summer Meeting at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas Texas and the January 13-15 2017 NAFE Winter Meeting at the JW Marriott in the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana.  A special visit to the National World War II Museum, including special exhibits and interactive experiences, is also being planned for the New Orleans meeting.  Meeting information will be available in the weeks and months ahead via e-mail and on the NAFE website.

Plans for the June 2016 meeting are well underway.  The meeting will include a Friday, June 24th, NAFE Board of Directors meeting, followed by a meeting of the ASTM E-58 Forensic Engineering Technical Committee.  Outstanding technical, professional seminars, networking and social opportunities are planned for the three day event with excellent speakers for NAFE’s Regular and Special Seminars.  In addition to general morning sessions each day, as was introduced at the Tampa meeting, NAFE will conduct two tracks during each afternoon session.   A special effort has also been made to encourage “first timers” as well as Texas professional engineers with an interest in forensic engineering to attend the conference.

NAFE headquarters continues to be very busy with membership renewals, CPD and other activities.  We continue to explore opportunities for improvements and enhancements as we seek better and more efficient ways to serve you.  As noted earlier and as you will note by the website, a new NAFE logo is now in place.

Inquiries for various NAFE membership categories and affiliation continue to come to NAFE headquarters on a daily basis.  With the NAFE membership category modifications last year, questions have been coming in from existing and potential members both in the US and abroad.   Recent heightened interest in the NAFE Journal is clearly apparent now that the NAFE Journal is accessible online and been granted an ISSN number by the United States Library of Congress Office of Copyright.  A NAFE Journal indexing process was approved in January 2016 in Tampa by the NAFE Board and an agreement with the indexing company Cengage has been executed and the indexing process is moving forward. 

I continue to receive many inquiries from engineering students, young engineers and mid-level practitioners with a growing interest in forensic engineering practice, and in their efforts to seek guidance in their career paths, have been contacting NAFE seeking mentors through the NAFE Mentorship Program.  NAFE headquarters staff responds on a daily basis to inquiries from the media, public officials and members of the public regarding forensic engineering practice issues.  NAFE Membership Certificates for new members have been designed, are being processed at NAFE headquarters and continue to be distributed to new NAFE members.

I continue to be extremely impressed with NAFE members use of and access to the NAFE website, updating their personal and professional information, using the NAFE membership directory and the NAFE document library.  The NAFE Yahoo Group List Serve continues to be very active on a variety of professional practice and related issues, with NAFE members generously sharing their expertise and experience with their peers.

Please feel free to contact me at any time at 703-684-2845 or aschwartz@nafe.org

Hope to see you in New Orleans in January 2017 !!!


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.   

NAFE Seminars

Twice each year, NAFE members meet in different locations around the US for two full days of Forensic Engineering seminars.  16 hours of continuing education credits are available, along with the opportunity to network with others in our field.  Programs for some past meetings are linked below:

Hollywood FL - January 2015       Seattle WA - July 2015     Tampa FL  - January 2016

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.

CESB Accreditation and Board Certification in Forensic Engineering

One way to measure the quality of a certification program is to evaluate its accreditation status. Accreditation is a form of certification for the certifying organization, requiring conformance with standards of validity, reliability and impartiality. The Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB), an independent, third party accreditation body, has granted full accreditation to NAFE credentials. As an accrediting body, CESB provides basic criteria and guidelines for the establishment and operation of specialty certification programs for engineers, technologists, technicians, and related scientific professionals and serves as a recognizing body for organizations that certify individuals. CESB recognizes NAFE as the certifying entity for Board Certification in Forensic Engineering.

To maintain CESB accreditation, NAFE must recertify every five years in order to maintain its credentials and NAFE programs must undergo periodic and rigorous review for reaccreditation by CESB. Maintaining the accreditation status of the NAFE program assures that NAFE certification process and related operations conform to nationally accepted standards and practices in the engineering and scientific specialty community. It also enhances the value of each NAFE credential holder, by demonstrating that they have successfully completed a rigorous application and examination process that has been reviewed and found worthy by an independent third party. Board Certification administered by NAFE meets the high standards for accreditation by CESB.

Find out more about CESB by visiting www.cesb.org    

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.