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Henry Swofford, Ph.D. (Fed)

Dr. Henry Swofford is the Lead Scientist with the Forensic Science Research Program in the Special Programs Office at NIST.  Swofford holds a Ph.D. in forensic science from the University Lausanne, a Masters of Science in Forensic Science from the University of Florida, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Georgia State University.  His previous position was in the private sector where he oversaw the execution of strategic investments in technology development programs on behalf of the United States Intelligence Community.  Prior to that, he served as the chief of the Latent Print Branch for the United States Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL) responsible for overseeing forensic latent print operations in support of the criminal investigative mission of the U.S. Department of Defense.  Other roles include serving as a Quality Assurance Manager, Research Coordinator, and Physical Scientist/Latent Print Examiner for the USACIL as well as a Laboratory Technician for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation since 2003.  Over his career, Swofford has authored several articles and given approximately 150 professional presentations throughout the United States and International community related to forensic science methods and practices. He has testified in federal, state, and military courts as an expert and served on numerous committees and boards related to forensic science.


Inconclusive Decisions and Error Rates in Forensic Science

Henry Swofford, Steven Lund, Hariharan K. Iyer, John Butler, Johannes A. Soons, Robert M. Thompson, Vincent Desiderio, JP Jones, Robert Ramotowski
In recent years, there has been discussion and controversy relating to the treatment of inconclusive decisions in forensic feature comparison disciplines when

Forensic Science Environmental Scan 2023

Henry Swofford
This environmental scan provides a broad view of the forensic science environment (as of 2023) and characterizes high-level historical and current issues and
Created October 26, 2022, Updated December 9, 2022