George Mason University to develop first FARO-certified forensic lab

FARO® Technologies, Inc., a leading 3D measurement, imaging, and realization technology provider, has reportedly partnered with George Mason University to build the first FARO-certified Forensic Science Research and Training Laboratory.

As an outcome of this collaboration, Mason's Forensic Science Program will become the first in the state of Virginia to offer a 3D course in crime scene documentation.

Following this course, students could have the opportunity to work with law enforcement partners such as Fairfax County Police, George Mason Police, Fairfax City Police, and others, including the U.S. Army.

FARO has borrowed approximately $300,000 of hardware and software to provide training to students in state-of-the-art forensic science technology.

The maximum research will be conducted at Mason's new five-acre Forensic Field Lab (the Body Farm), which offers transformative out-of-doors scientific training using human remnants.

Alina Burroughs, FARO’s Senior Business Development Manager for Public Safety Analytics, said that the collaboration between FARO and George Mason University is based on the common objective of amplifying the arena of forensic science via advanced technology.

FARO’s prevailing laser scanning solutions enable investigators to record scenes, supplying more inclusive data faster, resulting in more precise analysis, identifying wounded, and resolving cases.

Burroughs added that the firm is ecstatic to work collaboratively and shape the forensic investigators of the next generation through this combined vision and hope that this collaboration will be recognized as a model to cover other institutions in the future.

Mary Ellen O'Toole, Head of Forensic Science Program in Mason's College of Science, commented that this exhilarating partnership brings in multiple opportunities that can be provided to students and other external partners.

Students will get to know how real forensic scientists work and how to apply science and abilities to get answers about committed crimes.

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