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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    

 NAFE continues to charge forward in a variety of key areas as we begin 2015.  An extremely successful NAFE membership meeting was held in Hollywood Beach Florida on January 9th , 10th  and 11th,  2015.  The NAFE Board of Directors met to consider a variety of issues, including important changes to the NAFE Bylaws, new membership alignments, the creation of an Associate Membership grade and alternative testimony requirements for membership grades.  The NAFE Board also approved plans for the 2015 NAFE Summer Meeting in Bellevue, Washington, inviting noted aeronautical engineer Allen McDonald to speak about his best-selling book on the Challenger disaster.  The NAFE Board approved the nomination of Immediate Past President Ross Curtis, P.E. as a NSPE Fellow, reviewed plans for online NAFE Journal and other NAFE publications sales and marketing and received important input from NAFE members in attendance.  Following the NAFE Board Meeting, NAFE members participated in two days of technical and professional seminars as well as various social events that provided great opportunities for networking and fellowship.  Great discussions were held in connection with the various technical papers presented as well as forensic engineering ethical issues, laws and rules affecting forensic engineering practice, and a discussion of federal and state Daubert and Frye requirements.  The ASTM E58 Technical Committee also met to discuss and promote the awareness of scientific, engineering, ethical and legal considerations inherent in forensic engineering investigations, reporting and testimony.

Plans are well underway for the 2015 NAFE Summer Meeting on July 17th, 18th and 19th at the Seattle/Bellevue Marriott in Bellevue, Washington.  The NAFE Board and NAFE Membership will meet and several technical, professional and business practice programs are being planned. 

On behalf of the NAFE Board of Directors, we look forward to seeing you in Bellevue.    Keep your eyes open for e-mail announcing the 2015 Summer Meeting details as well as important information on this website.  You will not want to miss it


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.