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.

 

The NAFE Board of Directors is pleased to announce Mary Ann Cannon accepted the position of Executive Secretary for the National Academy of Forensic Engineers.

This position is a continuation of Mrs. Cannon’s skilled service to the Academy. She has been supporting the Academy and its dues-payers both directly and indirectly as assistant to Arthur E. Schwartz, JD, CAE for the past 26 years. The Academy is thrilled to continue our relationship with Ms. Cannon who is a highly competent manager and administrative professional with a demonstrated ability to provide thorough and proactive support. Ms. Cannon’s documented experience serving engineering associations is further buttressed by her experience preparation of patent, trademark, and copyright registrations. This blend of membership support and technical experience will continue to be an asset to the Academy.

Mrs. Cannon also currently serves as the Executive Office Manager for the National Society of Professional Engineers. Mrs. Cannon has a wealth of legal administrative assistant experience and association experience, and currently holds memberships in The Association of Executive and Administrative Professionals, The Association of Legal Professionals, and the National Notary Association. Mrs. Cannon is a native of Alexandria, Virginia and resides in Fort Washington, Maryland with her husband and daughter.

 

To view a portion of the NAFE Fire Investigation Techniques Seminar from the 2019 NAFE Summer Conference in Denver, Colorado, please click the screen below:

 
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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:

 

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   

 

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.