National Academy of Forensic Engineers

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.
NAFE Mission

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.


Remembering Marvin Specter, PE - NAFE Founder, Past President and Executive Director

...and Mark Whelchel, PE - NAFE Past President - Rest in Peace.


    Come to the NAFE 2019 Summer Conference

July 26 - 28, 2019

Westin Denver Downtown

Denver, Colorado


Hotel - reserve your room at the  Westin Denver Downtown

 at the discounted rate of $185.00

If you would like to make your reservations by phone, please call the Denver Westin Downtown at (303) 572-9100 and ask to speak to “Reservations”.  Mention that you would like a sleep room in the July 2019 National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) Summer Conference Room Block Group Rate - Last day to book - July 5th.

Seminar Fees:   $500 per day
First time NAFE Conference attendees and Life Members -  Half price!


     Register for the conference online        

Program and Schedule  


A Message from NAFE President John Certuse, PE

John Certuse

Dear NAFE Community;

I thank you for the opportunity to serve you as the 36th President of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers.

Starting out as a sole practitioner self-employed forensic engineer in the early 1990's, I remember my excitement during my first assignments as well as the anxiety I felt leading up to my first depositions and trials! Working alone, I had no resources to assist me in improving my craft which lead me to the academy for support and guidance in my new profession.

I remember my first conversation with our founder and Past President Marvin Specter about the benefits of membership in our academy and I was not disappointed.

The academy has provided me with mentors and colleagues generous enough to share their knowledge of forensic technical investigations as well as how to better prepare myself as an expert witness during the legal process we often participate in. From discipline specific forensic procedures, contract and business administration issues, engineering ethics and national licensure, the academy has provided guidance and representation to the forensic engineering community since it was founded in 1982. Our academy has benefited from the knowledge shared by many of our academy's original members who are still active in our profession today as well as the many new members that have joined us. As an expert witness having testified in forensic matters I have benefited from being the author of papers that I have written for our NAFE Journal in many ways and I urge all academy members to consider doing so themselves. I am excited for the future of our academy as new forensic engineering and investigation professionals continue to join our ranks from all disciplines of the forensic engineering and investigation communities from across the country, Canada and beyond! From our ranks of Affiliates to Fellows, our cumulative experiences make up an extensive knowledge base across all areas of forensic investigation areas.

I urge you to become active in our academy by attending our meetings and consider serving our profession by contributing through committee participation.  I know that as I found the academy to be an invaluable resource to our forensic engineering profession, you will as well.

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