National Academy of Forensic Engineers


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Register for the NAFE Summer Conference

10% Early Bird discount on seminars until June 27th

Program and Schedule

July 27 - 29, 2018 in Buffalo NY at the Hyatt Regency


New NAFE Member Benefit Just Announced! 

All NAFE Members and Affiliates now have immediate free online access to all NAFE Journal articles -1984 to present

News!  NAFE President Marty Gordon elected Rochester Engineer of the Year!     See article

new!  Forensic Engineers: Expert Sleuths Solve Engineering Mysteries

new! How do forensic engineers investigate bridge collapses, like the one in Miami?

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, J.D., CAE    

NAFE’s 2018 NAFE Winter Conference on January 12-14 at the Hyatt Regency - Phoenix, Arizona was a great event!  It was one of the best attended Winter Conferences with NAFE members, NAFE first-timers and guests, both nationally and internationally engaging in countless opportunities for great continuing education, networking, fellowship as well as great food and celebration.  If you have not attended a NAFE conference before, I hope to see you in Buffalo in July 2018!  You can take advantage of the 50% first timer discount available for each day’s programs.  Among the highlights of the Phoenix meeting included a Friday evening reception and dinner; the NAFE 2025 Strategic Planning Session and the NAFE Board of Directors Meetings where longer range strategic planning, membership, and other issues were discussed and addressed; a meeting of the ASTM E-58 Committee where key forensic issues will be considered; excellent technical and professional presentations during the Saturday and Sunday Regular and Special Seminars by NAFE members, on a variety of important forensic engineering and ethics topics, with breakfast, lunch and breaks providing additional opportunities for networking; a special Advanced Fire Investigation Seminar on Sunday, led by international fire investigation experts Dave Icove, P.E. and Gerald Haynes, P.E. This seminar will focus on the critical Job Performance Requirements (JPRs) of NFPA 1033 for fire investigators and provides background for NFPA 1033’s “Basic Sixteen” knowledge requirements; and continuing opportunities to network with “first timers’ as well as members from the Canadian provinces and other international locales.

Planning has already begun for the 2018 NAFE Summer Conference in Buffalo, NY.  The NAFE 2025 Strategic Planning Session in Phoenix identified a variety of areas for improvement in NAFE operations.

NAFE headquarters continues to be very busy with membership inquiries and renewals, both nationally and internationally, CPD and other activities.  We continue to explore opportunities for improvements and enhancements as we seek better and more efficient ways to serve you.  NAFE has recently provided NAFE members greater access to electronic NAFE Journal articles.  The new NAFE insignia which appears on the NAFE website continues to receive wide support and interest from many NAFE members, who have incorporated the insignia into their professional communications materials, consistent with NAFE policies. To increase branding, visibility and pride in the insignia among NAFE member and greater recognition among the public, new NAFE meeting signs were created which will be unveiled at the January 2018 NAFE Winter Conference.  NAFE’s new insignia has also been granted legal protection by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

NAFE President Elect Marty Gordon will represent NAFE at the upcoming NCEES POLC Meeting and ASME Public Policy Forum in Washington, DC.  Past President Jeff Armstrong will represent NAFE at the upcoming Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) Board of Directors Meeting.

I continue to receive a flurry of inquiries from attorneys, NAFE members and other interested in retaining the services of our expert NAFE members for various professional assignments.  I routinely post these inquiries on the NAFE List Serve so that all NAFE members have an equal opportunity to reiew them, decide if they would be interested in pursuing the opportunities or recommend other qualified NAFE member for the assignments.  So, if you are not on the NAFE List Serve, you need to be since the List Serve provides members with access to this information, share valuable professional and technical insights and pose important professional and technical practice questions.  I continue to be very impressed how much NAFE members have been eager to share the benefit of their experience and expertise on the NAFE List Serve.

I continue to be extremely impressed with NAFE members continued use of and access to the NAFE website, updating their personal and professional information, using the NAFE membership directory and the NAFE document library. 

Please be sure to “Save the Dates” for the following events NAFE events for 2018 and 2019:

  • Please note a change for July 2018.  The 2018 NAFE Summer Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, Buffalo, New York on July 27-29, 2018;
  • The 2019 NAFE Winter Conference will be held at the Wyndham Grande Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, Orlando, Florida on January 4-6, 2019;
  • The 2019 NAFE Summer Conference will be held at the Westin Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, Colorado on July 26-28, 2019.

Thank you for your NAFE membership and your continued support!  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at any time at 703-684-2845 or


NAFE Diplomate Forensic Engineer (DFE) Certification Reaccredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) 

Great news!  NAFE’s Diplomate Forensic Engineer (DFE) certification program has been reaccredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) until the end of 2021. 

In an April 13, 2017 letter, CESB Executive Director William C. Anderson, P.E., DEE advised NAFE Executive Director Arthur Schwartz, that the CESB Board of Directors approved reaccreditation of NAFE’s DFE certification program when it met on March 29, 2017 based on documentation NAFE submitted on September 2, 2016.   The CESB Board concluded that the NAFE DFE program was “adequately structured and is in substantial  conformance with the applicable CESB Guidelines” as adopted by CESB on May 1, 2010.  CESB advised that NAFE’s reaccreditation will continue until December 31, 2021 as which time, NAFE will be again subject to the scheduled reaccreditation process. 

NAFE Past President Ross Curtis, P.E. (who also currently serves as CESB Treasurer) oversaw the successful CESB reaccreditation application process on behalf of NAFE with the strong involvement in completing the application by NAFE Past President Jeffrey Armstrong, P.E.  At its recent March 29, 2017 Annual Meeting, NAFE President Michael Leshner, P.E., provided a seminar to CESB Program Administrators on NAFE’s transition to the MemberClicks membership database.

The Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) is an independent, voluntary membership body created for its member organizations who recognize, through specialty certification, the expertise of individuals practicing in engineering and related fields.  CESB, as an accrediting body:

  • provides criteria and guidelines for the establishment and operation of specialty certification programs for engineers, technologists, technicians, and related scientific;

  • serves as a recognized body for organizations that certify individuals;

  • represents its members in communications and in negotiations with public and private agencies, groups, and individuals with respect to matters of common interest;

  • informs employers, specifiers, public officials, the public, and engineering and related practitioners of the benefits of specialty certification.

For more information about CESB, please visit

NAFE Seminars

Twice each year, NAFE members meet in different locations around the US for two full days of Forensic Engineering seminars.  14 hours of continuing education credits are available, along with the opportunity to network with others in our field.  Programs for some past conferences are linked below:

 Hollywood FL - January 2015  Seattle WA - July 2015  Tampa FL  - January 2016  Dallas - June 2016  New Orleans - January 2017  Atlanta - July 2017 Phoenix - January 20118

Call for Papers

NAFE seeks Members & Affiliates 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  

Submit an abstract or idea


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.