international forensic expert, Forensic Science International
Dr. Max Houck has worked as a forensic anthropologist, a trace evidence analyst, a researcher, and he has managed millions of dollars in grants and awards. Dr. Houck was the inaugural Director of the Department of Forensic Sciences in Washington, D.C., overseeing 150 employees, managing the forensic science laboratory, the public health laboratory, and crime scene sciences for the nation’s capital. He has worked on many mass casualty scenes, including the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon. Dr. Houck has also worked extensively with the Innocence Project on investigations into wrongful convictions, including the West Memphis Three. Widely published, Houck is the author and editor of numerous books. He is a popular public speaker and has given presentations at NASA, the Max Planck Institute, an Oxford Roundtable, the Dali Museum, and keynote talks at numerous international conferences. His research topics include management, leadership, and policy implications for forensic organizations. Dr. Houck has a Bachelors’ and Master’s degree in anthropology from Michigan State University. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Chemistry Summa Cum Laude from Curtin University in Perth.