NAFE 2017 Winter Meeting

January 13 - 15, 2017

JW Marriott Hotel

(in the French Quarter)

 New Orleans, LA

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Optional visit to the National World War II Museum

For those planning to arrive early for the 2017 NAFE Winter Meeting, please plan to join other NAFE members on Thursday afternoon (January 12) at 2:00pm for a visit to the National WWII Museum, which is less than a mile from the hotel.

Ranked by TripAdvisor as the #1 Attraction in New Orleans, named by USA Today as the #1 Best Place to Learn U.S. Military History, and designated by Congress as America’s official museum about World War II, The National WWII Museum features a rich collection of artifacts that bring history to life. Discover the most impactful event of the 20th century and the legacy of the greatest generation in thought-provoking exhibits, and explore the American experience in the war that changed the world. 
From D-Day galleries to the 4D cinematic experience, Beyond All Boundaries, from the soaring US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center to the groundbreaking new Campaigns of Courage, this world-renowned history museum is designed to inspire visitors of all ages in the lessons of World War II and the stories of heroism, tragedy, and liberation. 

NAFE Members planning to join other NAFE members for a visit to the museum should meet in the JW Marriott Hotel Lobby on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm.  Interested individuals will be encouraged to share a taxi over to the museum which is a short ride from the hotel.

Join Forensic Engineers from around the country to take part in networking and 15 hours of continuing education credits. 

Program and Schedule 

Friday, January 13

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 

6:00      Cash Bar

7:00       Dinner 

Saturday, January 14, 2017   Two tracks of technical presentations!  (7 CPDs)

7:00       Round Table Discussion (includes breakfast

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

Saturday Program Details

Paper Abstracts and Speaker Bios

5:00      Adjourn 

6:00      Cocktails (Cash Bar)

7:00      Dinner  (local restaurants, on your own) 

Sunday, January 15 - NAFE Special Educational Seminar (8 CPDs) 

Sunday Program Details


7:00      Round Table Discussion (includes breakfast) 

8:15      Opening Remarks and Introductions:  Michael Leshner, PE – 2017 NAFE President 

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

10:30    "Projects Related to the Aftermath of Katrina and Rita in 2005” - Charles Prewitt, PE

11:30       “Case Study - Spare Wheel Mounting Configuration Causes a Wheel-off Hazard”-  Harold Josephs, PE

12:00   Lunch and Technical Presentation:

           “The Transocean/BP Oil Spill Investigation” Arthur Zatarain, PE (774 M)

1:30     “Security of Signing/ Sealing Engineering Documents”- Mitch Maifeld, PE

2:00     "Evidence Handling for the Forensic Engineer”- John Certuse, PE & Bill Ver Eecke, PE

3:15     “Panel Discussion: “Ten Common Expert Witness Mistakes … and How to Avoid Them”  

                  Facilitator: Robin Davies, PE

                  Panelists: John Leffler (709S), Mike Leshner (559F), Richard Rice (578F), Michael Kravitz (451F

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

4:30      Adjourn

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