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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.

 Come to the NAFE Winter Meeting - Tampa FL - January 22 - 24

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

 (5 minute video)

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

I am very pleased to report that the recent 2015 NAFE Summer Meeting was an enormous success with great participation and excellent attendance!  The NAFE leadership did a phenomenal job assembling a superb and stimulating program on current issues in forensic engineering practice as well as a variety of social events.  Among the meeting highlights included a presentation by former NASA engineer Allan McDonald on “Safety and Ethics Lessons Learned from the Space Shuttle Challenger and Columbia Disasters”.  Mr. McDonald received a standing ovation following his remarks.  NAFE also hosted open bar receptions and optional dinners on Friday and Saturday evenings which provided an excellent opportunity for attendees to socialize, rekindle acquaintances and meet new NAFE colleagues. 

NAFE headquarters continues to be abuzz with activity in recent weeks.  Improvements and enhancements continue as we seek better and more efficient ways to serve you.  Following the July NAFE meeting, a survey was conducted to determine 2015 NAFE Summer Meeting attendee satisfaction as well as ways to improve NAFE meetings in the future.  Thank you to all NAFE members who participated in the survey.  The information gathered will be extremely important in assisting NAFE in planning future NAFE Meetings and programs. 

In addition to the planning for the two upcoming national meetings – Tampa, Florida in January 2016 and Dallas, Texas in June 2016, inquiries for various NAFE membership categories and affiliation continue to come to NAFE headquarters on a daily basis.  With the recent NAFE membership category modifications, questions have been coming in from existing and potential members both in the US and abroad.  A more targeted membership education and marketing campaign is being planned.  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 is also being explored.  Engineering students, young engineers and mid-level practitioners seem to have a growing interest in forensic engineering practice, and in their efforts to seek guidance in their career paths, have been contacting NAFE seeking mentors from the recently established 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.

I am pleased to see NAFE members have with increasing frequency been accessing the NAFE website, updating their personal and professional information, using the NAFE membership directory and the NAFE document library.  In recent weeks, the NAFE Yahoo Group List Serve has been particularly 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 Tampa and Dallas!

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.

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.