NAFE 2016 Winter Meeting

January 22 –24, 2016

Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel


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Join Forensic Engineers from around the country to take part in networking and 16 hours of continuing education credits.

Program and Schedule 

(Friday Night Dinner Cruise!)

Thursday, January 21 

Special behind-the-scenes Engineering Tour of Busch Gardens theme park, hosted by the park’s Vice President of Operations and designer of many of the park’s attractions.  Our tour will then travel to the historic Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa for dinner at the famous Columbia Restaurant.  Dinner will be Dutch Treat.  We will depart the hotel promptly at 2:00 PM.

  • Tour cost is $25 per person, including bus transportation (no park admission) - limited to 20 people!
  • Private dining at Columbia Restaurant ( after the tour (dinner costs on your own)

Friday, January 22 

8:00      NAFE Committee Meetings 

9:15      NAFE Board of Directors Meeting - Morning Session (including Committee Reports) 

11:30    NAFE Board of Directors Meeting - Lunch break (on your own)

1:00      NAFE Board of Directors Meeting - Afternoon Session (Board Business)

4:00      ASTM E58 Forensic Engineering Technical Committee meeting - adjourns by 5:00pm 

6:30      Dinner Cruise (see menu below) and see  

Saturday, January 23 - NAFE Regular Seminar (8 PDHs) 

7:00      Round Table Discussion (includes breakfast) 

8:15      Opening Remarks and Introductions: Jeffrey Armstrong, PE – 2015 NAFE President 

9:00      Morning Session:  Five 30-minute Technical Presentations – General Topics, Part A (click for details)

  • BioMedical Engineering Evidence Based Analytical Methods – Laura Liptai
  • Forensic Considerations Regarding Traction and Tribometry of Bathing Surfaces - John Leffler
  • Forensic Engineering Analysis of a Sequence of Power Infrastructure Failures atop an Office Building – Maurice Cueva-Eguiguren
  • Forensic Engineering of Personal Watercraft Off-Throttle Steering Accidents – Paul Kamen
  • Forensic Engineering Investigation of PVC Piping Failures in Multistory Condominium Building – John Certuse 

11:30    Membership Meeting, Report on NAFE Activities, and Installation of 2016 Officers: Jeffrey Armstrong, PE 

12:15    Round Table Discussion (includes lunch) 

2:00      Afternoon Session: Two Tracks of Five 30-minute Technical Presentations (click for details)           

            Track 1 – General Topics, Part B 

  • Forensic Engineering Analysis of a Shopping Mall Explosion – Jerry Tindal
  • Gas Well Integrity and Associated Gas Migration Investigations in the Marcellus Shale - Dan Arthur
  • Forensic Engineering Analysis of the Instability of a Wheeled Cart Used to Move a Large Sculpture – Mark Webster
  • Forensic Engineering Analysis of Failed UTV Roll Cages - Allen Molitoris, Mark Kittel, Olof Jacobsen, Stephen Batzer, Jesse Grantham, Guy Barbera
  • FE Analysis of Unvented Gas Appliances in High Altitudes – Jim Petersen 

            Track 2 – Vehicle-Related Topics 

  • Advanced Forensic Engineering Analysis of a School Bus/Tractor Trailer Crash – Richard Ziernicki and William Pierce
  • Injury Biomechanics – An Engineering Discipline? – Bill Lee
  • Forensic Engineering Technology Solutions For Highway Work Zone Temporary Traffic Control Investigations – Daniel Melcher & Rachel Keller
  • Highway Accident Rates for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Drivers: Forensic Engineering Application – Martin Gordon
  • Forensic Engineering Analyses of Trailer Sway-Induced Vehicle Crashes — Donn Peterson 

4:30      Open Discussion on Forensic Engineering Practice 

5:00      Adjourn 

6:00      Cocktails (Cash Bar)

7:00      Dinner  (see menu below)


Sunday, January 24 - NAFE Special Seminar (8 PDHs) 

7:00      Round Table Discussion (includes breakfast) 

8:15      Opening Remarks and Introductions:  John Leffler, PE – 2016 NAFE President 

9:00      “Ethics for Engineers”:  Arthur Schwartz, Esq., CAE – NAFE Executive Director  and Samuel Sudler III, PE

10:45    “The Intersection of Law, Forensic Engineering, and the Insurance Industry”:  Rebecca Levy-Sachs, Esq. 

12:00    Round Table Discussion (includes lunch) 

1:30      Afternoon Session: Two Tracks of Educational Presentations (click for details)           

            Track 1 – Accident Reconstruction 

1:30     “Follow up on Italian Train Accident and Trial Outcome" – Prof. Fabrizio D’Errico, Maurizio Dalla Casa, Esq.

2:30     “Forensic Engineering Analysis of Video-Captured Pedestrian Collisions” – Rachel Keller, PE

3:30     Special Technical Presentation: Bulldozer Visibility Impairments and Landfill Operations Defects Result in a Serious Injury: A Case Study – Harold Josephs, PhD, PE

4:00      Q&A - All Speakers – All Topics - Both Tracks

4:30      Adjourn

            Track 2 – Developing and Maintaining a Forensic Engineering Practice 

1:30     “Ten Cardinal Rules for Forensic Engineers” – David Icove, PhD, PE

2:45     “Practical Advice for Resolving Problems That Occur in Forensic Engineering Practice” – panel discussion: Michael Leshner facilitator.  Panel members: Smith Reed, Paul Swanson, Jeffrey Armstrong.

4:00      Q&A - All Speakers – All Topics

4:30      Adjourn


Menus for Tampa meeting:


Friday night NAFE dinner cruise:  

The menu for our Dinner Cruise will be handled a little differently from our traditional NAFE Dinners which have typically been either plated table-service dinners or buffet dinners.  On the cruise there will be various “Specialty Stations” around the deck providing the following: 

Fruit and Cheese Station

Fresh fruit, imported and domestic cheeses served with assorted crackers 

Garden Crudité Station

An assortment of fresh vegetables served with a variety of dressings 

Mac & Cheese Martini Station

Creamy Macaroni & Cheese served in martini glasses with a variety of toppings.  Includes:  Fresh Gulf Shrimp, herbed bread crumbs, caramelized onions, crumbled gorgonzola cheese, Applewood smoked bacon, scallions, and diced tomatoes.

Pasta Station

Fresh Gulf Shrimp & Scallop Pasta with Marinara or Classic Alfredo Sauce 

Carving Station

Slow-roasted Prime Rib of Beef served with Au Jus, Creamy Horseradish Sauce, rolls and condiments 

Skewer Station

Savory assortment of international flavors served on lollipop sticks and accompanied by their own dipping sauces

-        Oriental Sesame Chicken

-        Cajun Spiced Pork 

International Dessert Bar

An assortment of International Desserts including Mini Cannoli, Biscotti, Tiramisu, Napoleans, Eclairs, Assorted Cookies, Petit Fours, and Fudge Brownies 


There will be a CASH BAR


Saturday night - Cash Bar Reception

 NAFE dinner buffet: 

Yellow Tomatoes and Red Onion Salad with Chopped Cilantro and Sherry Vinaigrette

Chopped Romaine with Lemon, Olive Oil and Warm Bacon Dressing

Roasted Mojo Chicken

Mahi Mahi a la Francesca with a Lemon Cilantro Rub

Marinated Cuban Pork with Fresh Herbs

Traditional Paella – Chicken, Yellow Rice & Vegetables

Fried Plantains

Crusty Cuban Bread with Butter

Bananas Dulce de Leche: Sautéed Bananas with Brown Sugar and Dark Rum served over Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Freshly Brewed Starbucks Coffee

Iced Tea