2023 National Forensic Science Week Interview Montage

2023 National Forensic Science Week Interview Montage


In the past, the FTCOE has released written interviews with forensic practitioners in various stages of their career anworking in various forensic disciplines. This year, we created a video comprised of multiple interviews with forensic practitioners from seasoned subject matter experts to young professionals early in their career. These interviews provide helpful tips for anyone looking for ways to advance or adapt their career at any stage. Check out the montage and spotlight videos below for words of wisdom, fun facts, and hopes for the future of forensic science from those actively engaged in the community. 

Forensic Practitioner Interview Montage

What made you decide on a career in forensic science? Where do you see the future of forensic science? What is your favorite part of your job? Watch this short video for answers to these questions and more! 


Check out these additional videos for a few spotlight questions. Our interviewees provide a lot of quality advice! 

Tom Busey
What Advice Would You Give to Your Younger Self?

Matthew Gamette
What Advice Would You Give to Aspiring Forensic Scientists?

Lawrance Mullen
What Advice Would You Give to Your Younger Self?

Ruth Winecker
What Advice Would You Give to Your Younger Self?

We'd like to thank all our interviewees for taking the time to share their insights, words of advice, and hopes for the future of forensic science. 

  • Micaela Ascolese | RTI International 
  • Tom Busey | Indiana University 
  • Matthew Gamette | Idaho State Police Forensic Services 
  • John Grassel | RTI International 
  • Linda Jackson | Virginia Department of Forensic Science 
  • Cleveland Miles | Georgia Bureau of Investigations 
  • Lawrance Mullen | RTI International 
  • Ivy Walker | RTI International 
  • Ruth Winecker | RTI International 

Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence event has been provided by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in these videos are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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