National Academy of Forensic Engineers

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

It is hard to believe that the July 26-28, 2019 NAFE Summer Conference at the Westin Denver Colorado Downtown is quickly approaching.  Building on the record-setting attendance at the January 2019 NAFE Winter Conference at the Wyndham Grande Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, Orlando, Florida, I am very confident that Denver will be a superb event! 

Denver is an amazing place with the magnificent Rocky Mountains providing a breathtaking backdrop of natural beauty for the city’s historic architecture and giant skyscrapers.  Sumptuous restaurants, world-class museums and various entertainment options offer NAFE members a terrific venue to gather with their forensic engineering colleagues and guests, discover new areas in forensic engineering and enjoy a variety of pre and post conference touring and travel choices.  If you have time, be sure to visit the Colorado State Capitol Building just a few blocks from the hotel and take the public tour, including the outdoor panoramic view from the Rotunda. 

This Summer’s conference will feature two days of two-track regular and special seminars on a variety of informative forensic engineering technical and professional topics.  Sunday will feature a full-day Special Fire Investigation program.  In addition, the conference will include receptions/dinners, the ASTM E-58 Committee Meeting where key forensic engineering issues will be considered, breakfast, lunch and session breaks, providing additional opportunities for networking.  

Your NAFE leadership has been extremely busy and engaged in recent months, advancing the interests of the Academy and its members.  The NAFE Board of Directors has taken steps to both strengthen and protect the Academy’s finances and  identify ways to better serve and grow the NAFE membership.  In Denver, the Academy also will be experimenting with video recording the Special NAFE Fire Investigation Session.

NAFE President John Certuse and other NAFE leaders actively participated and contributed the NAFE perspective at the NCEES Participating Organizations (POLC) Meeting, the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) Annual Meeting, the National Academy of Engineering Convocation and the ASME Public Policy Forum.  NAFE leaders will also be participating in the upcoming NSPE Professional Engineers Conference (PECON) and the 2019 NCEES Annual Meeting in July and August.

NAFE headquarters continues to receive a flurry of inquiries from attorneys, NAFE members and other interested in retaining the services of NAFE members for various professional assignments.  I routinely post these inquiries on the NAFE 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 NAFE List Serve and you are eligible, 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 am always very impressed how much NAFE members have been eager to share the benefit of their experience and expertise on the NAFE List Serve.  NAFE headquarters continues to explore opportunities for improvements and enhancements as we seek better and more efficient ways to serve NAFE members. 

I am pleased that NAFE members continued use of and access to the NAFE website, updating their personal and professional information, using the NAFE membership directory and the NAFE document library. 

Please be sure to “Save the Dates” for the following events NAFE events for 2019 thru 2021: 

  • The 2019 NAFE Summer Conference will be held at the Westin Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, Colorado on July 26-28, 2019.
  • The 2020 NAFE Winter Conference will be held at the San Diego Marriott La Jolla, San Diego, CA in January 10 -12, 2020.
  • The 2020 NAFE Summer Conference will be held at the Providence Hilton, Providence, Rhode Island in July 31 – August 2, 2020.
  • The 2019 NAFE Winter Conference will be held at theEl Conquistador Tucson, Tucson AZ, January 8 - 10, 2021

Thank you for your NAFE membership and your continued support!  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at any time at 703-684-2845 or [email protected]


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.



Call for Papers

NAFE seeks Members & Affiliates 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

Contact: [email protected]

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   


Past NAFE Seminars

Twice each year, NAFE members meet in different locations around the US for two full days of Forensic Engineering seminars.  14 hours of continuing education credits are available, along with the opportunity to network with others in our field.  Programs for some past conferences are linked below:

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