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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 Winter Meeting was held on January 12-15, 2017 at the JW Marriott New Orleans, 614 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana in the heart of the French Quarter and we had a tremendous turnout of NAFE members, NAFE first-timers (27 first timers in attendance!) and guests, both nationally and internationally! There were countless opportunities for great continuing education, networking, fellowship as well as great food, music and celebration. It was a memorable meeting!
Among the highlights included the following:
· A pre-meeting 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 were discussed and addressed.
· A meeting of the ASTM E-58 Committee where key forensic issues were 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 inquiries and 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 enhanced opportunity for NAFE members to share their NAFE Journal Papers with the global community. A new agreement with Cengage for full-text NAFE Journal article access is also being discussed. 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 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 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.
I am also pleased that the NAFE Board of Directors has continued its agreement with the National Society of Professional Engineers for me to serve as the NAFE Executive Director for the coming years.
Please be sure to “Save the Dates” for the following events NAFE events for 2017 and 2018:
· The 2017 NAFE Summer Meeting will be held on July 21-23 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia. Registration announcements and materials will be available via e-mail and on the NAFE website in the coming months.
· The 2018 NAFE Winter Meeting will be held on January 12-14 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. Registration announcements and materials will be available via e-mail and on the NAFE website following the 2017 NAFE Summer Meeting.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at any time at 703-684-2845 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 c onformance 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:
For more information about CESB, please visit www.cesb.org
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: email@example.com or telephone: 914-779-6161.
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:
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
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 www.cesb.org
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