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.

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All NAFE Members and Affiliates now have immediate free online access to all NAFE Journal articles 

1984 to present


NAFE Winter Conference 2018   



Special 2nd track all day Sunday

Advanced Fire Investigation for Professional Engineers 

January 12 – 14, 2018 at the  Hyatt Regency in Phoenix AZ.

Program and Schedule

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Make your Hotel reservation at the discounted rate of $195

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    


The 2017 NAFE Summer Conference was a terrific event held on July 21-23, 2017 at the JW Marriott Marquis – Atlanta.  The Academy was among the best attended Summer Conferences with NAFE members, NAFE first-timers and guests, both nationally and internationally engaging in countless opportunities for great continuing education, networking, fellowship as well as great food and celebration.  This year NAFE marked the 35th Anniversary of its foundingTo recognize this important date in NAFE history, all NAFE Seminar attendees received both a commemorative NAFE 35th Anniversary coffee mug and a special NAFE lapel pin.

Among the Atlanta highlights of the conference included:

  • A Friday evening gala reception and dinner with the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) at the Georgia Aquarium, and a Saturday evening reception and dinner at the hotel to commemorate NAFE’s 35th Anniversary where all Past NAFE Presidents were recognized.  The NAFE Past Presidents blew out the NAFE 35th Anniversary cake candles, which was quickly eaten by the attendees;
  • A productive Friday NAFE Board of Directors Meeting where membership, professional, publication and other issues were discussed and addressed;
  • A meeting of the ASTM E-58 Committee where key forensic issues were considered;
  • Excellent technical and professional presentations during the Saturday and Sunday Regular and Special Seminars by NAFE members, on a variety of important forensic engineering topics, with breakfast, lunch and breaks providing additional opportunities for networking; 
  • Continuing opportunities to network with “first timers’ as well as members from the Canadian provinces and other international locales;

In addition, NAFE President-Elect Marty Gordon made a presentation to the NSPE House of Delegates Caucus on ways in which NSPE and NAFE can work more closely together.

NAFE headquarters continues to be very busy with membership inquiries and renewals, both nationally and internationally, 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 insignia which appears on the NAFE website continues to receive wide support and interest from many NAFE members, who have incorporated the insignia into their professional communications materials, consistent with NAFE policies. To increase branding, visibility and pride in the insignia among NAFE member and greater recognition among the public, new NAFE meeting signs were created which will be unveiled at the January 2018 NAFE Winter Conference.

NAFE was featured in a cover story titled “PE Law:  Advocates for Reality” in NSPE’s PE Magazine’s July/August issue.  A link to the article now appears on the NAFE website.   NAFE leaders have continued discussions with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) to explore the possibility of having SAE include NAFE Journal articles on SAE’s robust online platform.

I continue to receive a flurry of inquiries from attorneys, NAFE members and other interested in retaining the services of our expert 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, 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 NAFE List Serve.

I continue to be extremely impressed with 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 2018 and 2019:

  • The 2018 NAFE Winter Conference will be held on January 12-14 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona.  A special technical seminar on Advanced Fire Investigation Techniques for Professional Engineers will be part of the Phoenix program.  
  • Please note a change for July 2018.  The 2018 NAFE Summer Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, Buffalo, New York on July 27-29, 2018;
  • The 2019 NAFE Winter Conference will be held at the Wyndham Grande Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, Orlando, Florida on January 4-6, 2019

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

NAFE Diplomate Forensic Engineer (DFE) Certification Reaccredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) 

Great news!  NAFE’s Diplomate Forensic Engineer (DFE) certification program has been reaccredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) until the end of 2021. 

In an April 13, 2017 letter, CESB Executive Director William C. Anderson, P.E., DEE advised NAFE Executive Director Arthur Schwartz, that the CESB Board of Directors approved reaccreditation of NAFE’s DFE certification program when it met on March 29, 2017 based on documentation NAFE submitted on September 2, 2016.   The CESB Board concluded that the NAFE DFE program was “adequately structured and is in substantial  conformance with the applicable CESB Guidelines” as adopted by CESB on May 1, 2010.  CESB advised that NAFE’s reaccreditation will continue until December 31, 2021 as which time, NAFE will be again subject to the scheduled reaccreditation process. 

NAFE Past President Ross Curtis, P.E. (who also currently serves as CESB Treasurer) oversaw the successful CESB reaccreditation application process on behalf of NAFE with the strong involvement in completing the application by NAFE Past President Jeffrey Armstrong, P.E.  At its recent March 29, 2017 Annual Meeting, NAFE President Michael Leshner, P.E., provided a seminar to CESB Program Administrators on NAFE’s transition to the MemberClicks membership database.

The Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) is an independent, voluntary membership body created for its member organizations who recognize, through specialty certification, the expertise of individuals practicing in engineering and related fields.  CESB, as an accrediting body:

  • provides criteria and guidelines for the establishment and operation of specialty certification programs for engineers, technologists, technicians, and related scientific;

  • serves as a recognized body for organizations that certify individuals;

  • represents its members in communications and in negotiations with public and private agencies, groups, and individuals with respect to matters of common interest;

  • informs employers, specifiers, public officials, the public, and engineering and related practitioners of the benefits of specialty certification.

For more information about CESB, please visit

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:

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

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.