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The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Applied Forensic Engineering (CAPFE) is to allow students with graduate level degrees to enter the Forensic Engineering fields of discipline. The certificate is designed for those students who would like to develop skilled expertise to become expert witnesses in litigation and experts in the realm of failure analysis. The program aims to teach both the scientific and legal principles needed to excel in this discipline. The certificate requires a total of 6 of courses (15 credit hours), chosen from a pre-approved list. The certification program takes approximately one to one and a half years to complete.

What is Forensic Engineering?

Forensic engineering is a multi-disciplinary field of study that involves the investigation of various materials, products, structures, and components that fail. Upon failure, these various materials or products cause personal or property damage, leading to litigation. The consequences of such failure are dealt with through product liability in civil suits.

Why Forensic Engineering at Texas Tech?

Forensic Engineering is a budding discipline with the growth of new products and unfortunate defects in these products. This graduate level certificate is intended to meet the needs of a rapidly growing and evolving society. With the advent of new technologies, there is an increasing need for professionals with knowledge of science, engineering, and the law.

The Whitacre College of Engineering at Texas Tech offers unparalleled interdisciplinary graduate education with renown professors. Students at Texas Tech will have access to classes in various disciplines, hands-on experience through a capstone project, and will be introduced to the breadth of the field.

Who is this program for?

This certificate is designed for students either holding or pursuing a graduate degree in Engineering. The certificate is a flexible program that give students the opportunity to study the effect of engineering and the sciences on the policy, welfare, and safety of the public.


The CAPFE program is open to all students holding a graduate level degree in Engineering or a current graduate level student with an undergraduate degree in Engineering. Students enrolled in Texas Tech School of Law's JD/M.Eng. program may also enroll in this program. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required. Any student may apply to the program by clicking here.

Once you complete the initial application, you will receive an email with a link to Recruiter that will ask you to log into Recruiter to complete the application process

Course Requirements for Graduate Students

The CAPFE program has been designed to allow flexibility in a breadth of engineering disciplines.

3 of the 9 courses are required and are: Advanced Concepts in Failure Analysis & Forensic Engineering, Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering: "Legal Aspects of Forensic Science & Engineering," and a Capstone Project. To see the full course listings click here.

For more information, please contact the academic advisor

Jahan Rasty, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, jahan.rasty@ttu.edu.

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