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.

The 2017 NAFE Winter Meeting will be from Friday January 13 to Sunday January 15, 2017 at the JW Marriott Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana.  NAFE has reserved a block of hotel rooms at the meeting venue - the JW Marriott Hotel which is located in the French Quarter and you may make your reservations now.  Please use this link to reserve your hotel room at the discounted rate of $199.00.  


(Program and Schedule)

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National World War II Museum

For those planning to arrive early to the 2017 NAFE Winter Meeting in New Orleans from January 11-16, 2017, please plan to join other NAFE members for a visit to the National WWII Museum.


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, J.D., CAE    

I hope to see you at the 2017 NAFE Winter Meeting in New Orleans.

The 2017 NAFE Winter Meeting will be held on January 12-15, 2017 at the JW Marriott New Orleans, 614 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 in the heart of the French Quarter.  Lots of opportunities for great continuing education, networking, fellowship as well as great food, music and celebration. 

 Among the highlights for the upcoming 2017 NAFE Winter Meeting included the following

·        A group visit to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans;

·        A very productive Friday NAFE Board of Directors Meeting where membership, professional, publication and other issues will be discussed and addressed. 

·        A meeting of the ASTM E-58 Committee where key forensic issues will be discussed;

·        Excellent technical and professional presentations during the Saturday and Sunday Regular and Special Seminars by NAFE members and practicing attorneys on a variety of important forensic engineering topics with breakfast, lunch and breaks providing additional opportunities for networking; 

·        A Friday evening reception and dinner and a Saturday evening reception and opportunities to enjoy the fabulous French Quarter restaurants with your NAFE colleagues;

·        Continuing opportunities to visit with “first timers’ as well as new members from the Canadian provinces.

NAFE headquarters continues to be very busy with membership renewals, CPD and other activities.  We continue to explore opportunities for improvements and enhancements as we seek better and more efficient ways to serve you.  The new NAFE logo which appears on the NAFE website is receiving wide support and interest from many NAFE members.  Two new NAFE banners containing the new NAFE logo will again be on display at the NAFE meeting.   NAFE’s recent agreement with EBSCO will be providing an opportunity for NAFE members to share their NAFE Journal Papers with the global community.  I am also pleased to report that NAFE’s forensic engineering credentialing program was recently reviewed and reaccredited by the Council for Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB).

Inquiries for various NAFE membership categories and affiliation continue to come to NAFE headquarters on a daily basis.  With the NAFE membership category modifications last year, questions have been coming in from existing and potential members both in the US and abroad.  

I continue to receive many inquiries from engineering students, young engineers and mid-level practitioners with a growing interest in forensic engineering practice, and in their efforts to seek guidance in their career paths, have been contacting NAFE seeking mentors through the 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 also have been receiving a flurry of inquiries from attorneys, NAFE members and other interested in retaining the services of our expert NAFE members for various professional assignments.  In this connection, I have begun posting all of these inquiries on the NAFE1 Yahoo List Serve so that all NAFE members have an equal opportunity to review 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 NAFE1 Yahoo 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 NAFE1 Yahoo List Serve.

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

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at any time at 703-684-2845 or

Hope to see you in New Orleans in January 2017 !!!  

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:  or  telephone: 914-779-6161.   

NAFE Seminars

Twice each year, NAFE members meet in different locations around the US for two full days of Forensic Engineering seminars.  16 hours of continuing education credits are available, along with the opportunity to network with others in our field.  Programs for some past meetings are linked below:

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

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  

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.

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    

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.