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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.

Meet some members

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

I continue to be very excited by the continuing progress being made by the Academy in a variety of areas.  As one of our NAFE Board members reminds me, the watchword is “continuous improvement.”  Following the NAFE Winter Meeting back in January, the NAFE Board and staff began working on a variety of initiatives critically important to the NAFE membership.  Among these included improvements and enhancements to the NAFE website and database (membership information, legal and regulatory information, updating of NAFE Bylaws and Policies and other features), more robust new and upgraded NAFE member processing, continued and improved production of NAFE Journal articles and many other activities. 

In March 24-25, Ross and current NAFE President Jeffrey D. Armstrong, P.E., represented NAFE at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) in Alexandria, Virginia.  On April 21-22, NAFE was represented at the National Academy of Engineering Convocation and NAFE participated in and co-sponsored the American Association of Engineering Societies/American Society of Mechanical Engineers Public Policy Convocation in Washington, DC.  NAFE also assisted the Idaho Society of Professional Engineers in identifying a NAFE member to serve as a conference keynote speaker at the 2015 ISPE Annual Meeting.  I am also pleased to announce that immediate past-NAFE President E. Ross Curtis, P.E., D.F.E. was recently named a NSPE Fellow. 

NAFE staff continues to regularly field e-mails and phone calls from NAFE members and non-members requesting information on membership, Journal articles, publications and other NAFE-related matters.  NAFE also has been working with various state engineering licensure and continuing education authorities to ensure that NAFE educational programs continue to meet or exceed all required standards for recognition for purposes of state mandatory continuing education requirements.  In addition, NAFE members and staff continue to monitor Congressional developments related to the recently re-introduced Federal Forensic Science and Standards Act to be certain that the proposed legislation does not result in unintended consequences for NAFE members. 

Finally, I encourage you to join us for the 2015 NAFE Summer Meeting to be held on July 17th, 18th and 19th at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel in Seattle, Washington.  The NAFE Board and NAFE Membership will convene, and several terrific technical, professional and business practice programs are being planned.  Conference program and registration details will be sent to NAFE members and affiliates soon via e-mail, and will also be available on the NAFE website.  More information will be announced in the weeks ahead.  On behalf of the NAFE Board of Directors, I look forward to seeing you in Seattle.   You will not want to miss this important meeting!

Also, be sure to “Save the Date” for the 2016 NAFE Winter Meeting on January 22, 23 and 24, 2016 at the Sheraton Tampa River Walk Hotel in Tampa, Florida.  Great programs and activities are already being planned.  You will not want to miss this meeting either!

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.  I am available at aschwartz@nafe.org or by phone at 703-684-2845 if you need any assistance.

- Art


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.