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Walter F Rowe Faculty Member

Professor Walter F. Rowe is Professor of Forensic Sciences at The George Washington University, where he has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Forensic Sciences since 1975. Professor Rowe has a BS degree in chemistry with highest honors from Emory University and Masters and PhD degrees in chemistry from Harvard University. He served two years in the US Army crime laboratory system as a forensic drug chemist and forensic serologist. During his military service Professor Rowe was also a credentialed criminal investigator and participated in processing scenes of crimes. He is a Fellow of the Criminalistics Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a former member of the editorial board of the Journal of Forensic Sciences. Professor Rowe is also a member of ASTM Committee e30, which sets standards (including educational standards) for a variety of forensic science disciplines. He has been a consultant forensic scientist to law enforcement agencies, prosecutor’s offices and defense attorneys. He has contributed chapters to monographs and textbooks in forensic science, including one of the most widely used textbooks for undergraduate instruction in the field of forensic science. Professor Rowe is a member of the Council of Forensic Educators In April 2016 Professor Rowe became the Chair of the Department of Forensic Sciences. He was responsible for preparing a self-study of the Master of Forensic Science degree program for the Forensic Science Education Program Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). He also had to prepare for a FEPAC site visit. During AY2017-2018 Professor Rowe conducted a FEPAC self-study for the Department's Master of Forensic Science degree which enabled the return of that degree to full FEPAC accreditation. Professor Rowe is now one of two faculty members in the field of forensic chemistry.

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