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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, J.D., CAE    

It is hard to believe that the 2015 NAFE Summer Meeting is only a month away.  A wonderful meeting is being planned for NAFE members in Seattle Washington for July 17-19, 2015 at the Seattle Renaissance Hotel in the heart of downtown Seattle, Washington.  The NAFE leadership has done a terrific job assembling a superb and stimulating program on current issues in forensic engineering practice as well as a variety of social events that you will not want to miss.  The NAFE Board will be meeting on July 17, followed by two days of regular and special sessions on July 18th and 19th, including a presentation by former NASA engineer Allan McDonald on “Safety and Ethics Lessons Learned from the Space Shuttle Challenger and Columbia Disasters”.  NAFE hosted open bar receptions and optional dinners on Friday and Saturday evenings will provide you with an excellent opportunity to rekindle acquaintances and network with your NAFE colleagues.  Those arriving early will be able to interact with their professional engineer peers who will be attending the 2015 National Society of Professional Engineers Annual Meeting also being held at the Seattle Renaissance Hotel.

NAFE headquarters has been abuzz with activity in the recent months.  Improvements and enhancements are continuing as we seek better and more efficient ways to serve you.  In addition to the planning for the two upcoming national meetings, 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.   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.

Planning has already begun for the January 2016 NAFE Winter Meeting to be held on Friday January 22 through Sunday, January 24, 2016 at the Sheraton Tampa River Walk Hotel in Tampa, Florida.  Special events are already being planned for this meeting.

Finally, I want to thank the NAFE President Jeffrey Armstrong, P.E. and the NAFE Board of Directors for their leadership and support in continuing to move NAFE forward in a positive and constructive direction.  NAFE members are fortunate to have a strong leadership team to advance the cause of forensic engineering practice.

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

Hope to see you in Seattle and Tampa !


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.