Forensic Engineering

Forensic engineering means being part investigator, part engineer in order to analyze potentially dangerous structures. This can include investigating bridge or structural collapses as well as any engineered structures that have failed or stability is in question. These specialists evaluate products or buildings, why they have failed, and if they may cause injury and harm to people. Forensic engineers also testify in court as experts in their field and provide the findings of their analyses. From product liability cases to criminal cases, their specialty is to make a sound determination regarding structural integrity when called upon.

  • Knowledge of engineering, structure, best practices in engineering, and relevant legal statutes and building codes
  • Solid foundation in mathematics, critical thinking, and engineering methodologies
  • Apply scientific methodology to investigate failures of structures, products, materials, and components
  • Investigate structures or facilities that are not performing as intended by the designer, constructor, or owner
  • Analyze a range of engineered structures for damage, structural failures, neglect, negligence, or structural problems
  • Isolate reason(s) why device, product, or structure failed in order to improve performance and safety

Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering
Common Courses: Bioengineering, Mathematics, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Computer-Aided Engineering, Legal Aspects of Engineering Practice, Product Liability, Applied Engineering

Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering
Common Courses: Mathematics, Science, Product Liability, Structural Engineering, Applied Engineering, Legal Aspects of Engineering Practice, History of Civil Engineering, Infrastructure

Master's degree in Engineering, Forensic Engineering Specialty
Common Courses: Introduction to Forensic Engineering, Product Liability, Advanced Forensic Engineering Techniques, Engineering Ethics, Mathematics, Safety Engineering, Applied Engineering, Legal Aspects of Engineering Practice, Photogrammetry, Combustion, Medical Device Accidents and Engineering Analysis