2023 Summer Conference

Submitted by couture on Mon, 04/03/2023 - 19:44

The 2023 Summer Conference of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, starting Friday, July 14 beginning at 8:30 a.m. with the NAFE Board meeting, which is open to all current members in good standing, The Conference continues on Saturday morning and will end at 5 pm Sunday, July 16, 2023.

Why You Should Attend:

Come to Kansas City, for the BBQ and great food, but certainly for the eclectic topics of the Technical Seminar and the Premium Speaker program on Sunday.

Our Saturday Technical Seminar will have Structural, Electrical, Fire and Vehicle Collision topics. Get a first-hand account of the investigation into the 2021 Texas-Wide Power Grid Collapse!

Our Sunday Education Day theme: Teach the academy members the strategies for being a successful forensic engineer. We have invited and assembled the best speakers for the Academy, to give Members access to highly-professional training!

Saturday Outline

7:00 am Breakfast, Introductions, and President’s Remarks


8-9 am Chad Williams, PE (NAFE #937M) — “Understanding the Applicability and Proper Use of Commonly Available Weather Data in Forensic Engineering”

9-10 David J. Icove, PhD, PE (NAFE #899F), John F. Wade, PhD, PE (NAFE #1174A), Thomas J. Monroe, PhD, PE — “Investigation and Root Cause Analysis of Transformer Metering Destruction by Arc Flash”

10-11 William Lee, PhD, PE (NAFE #655S) — “Subject Ability to Characterize g’s in Relation to Activities of Daily Living”

11-12 James Drebelbis, PE (NAFE #938S) — “Forensic Investigation of Wood Boxcar Flooring”

12-1 pm Lunch and Membership Meeting


1-2 pm Mark McFarland, PE (NAFE #1186M) — “Distracted Driving: Determining Cell Phone Usage from Forensic Cellular Records”

2-3 Luke Pachal, PE, and Paul Warner, PE — “Utilizing ASCE/SEI 7 to Estimate the Wind Speed Required to Overturn a Structure”

3-4 Mark Bailey, PE (NAFE #1222S) — “Forensic Engineering Investigations of Low-Clamp-Force Type Wheel Separations”

4-5 Wesley Oliphant, PE (NAFE #1216M) — “The 2021 Near Catastrophic Failure of the Texas Electrical Grid — Lessons Learned About the Most Complex Machine Ever Developed”


Sunday Outline:

7:00 am Breakfast, Introductions

7:30 – 8:30 “Bullet Proofing Your Retainer Agreement”, Shannon M. Kos, Esq., McCoy Leavitt Laskey LLC

8:30 - 12:30 “Expert Witness Report Writing and Testimony: How to Excel”, Nadine Nasser Donovan, Esq., SEAK Inc.

1:30 - 2:30 “The Use of Animation for Deposition and Jury Presentation in Forensic Engineering”, William Jones PhD, PE, J William Jones Consulting Engineering Inc.

2:30 - 3:30 “Cutting Edge Ethics”, Rebecca Bowman, Esq PE, NSPE.

3:30 – 4:30   “Less Is More: The Pleasure and Pain of Running a Solo Forensic Engineering Practice”, Zohaib Alvi, PE, DFE

4:30 – 5:00 “That’s a Wrap!”  Open Microphone Q&A opportunity for all attendees.



To allow for administrative processes, we ask that you try to register by Friday, July 7th. 

Seminar Fees: $650 per day or $600 per day for Early-Bird registration by Friday, June 2nd.

Friday Night Reception and Banquet: $80 per person (must be purchased by noon July 7th)

First-time NAFE conference attendees receive a 25% discount on registration.

Register Now!

Questions: Contact the Committee at conference@nafe.org.


The Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center is offering us $189 per night until June 21st!
Book your group rate here for the 2023 NAFE Summer Meeting!

Before you make your hotel reservation, please review the following:

  • The NAFE Summer meeting will be held starting Friday, July 14 starting at 5pm to Sunday, July 16 at 5pm.

  • Conference activities will be held at the Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center.

  • In order to take advantage of the discounted group rates, you must identify yourself as a NAFE attendee and make your hotel reservations through the housing link below.

  • The deadline for reserving your hotel room at the discounted rates is June 21, 2023, or until the block is filled, whichever comes first.

  • Reserve early to ensure you get the discounted rate of $189!

Please make your hotel reservations at the official NAFE conference hotel. NAFE is committed to these contractual obligations in order to bring the guest room rates down from regular pricing. If you stay at a hotel other than the official NAFE hotel, we may fall short of our housing obligations and will be responsible for paying lost income to the hotel, which could result in higher registrations fees and fewer benefits for attendees.

Sheraton KC at Crown Center
2345 McGee St
Kansas City, MO 64108

Phone: (816) 841-1000