Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Gregory Howard

Second Advisor

Michelle Hrivnyak


Forensic art for human identification is used to identify victims, suspects, and unidentified decedents. The field is highly interdisciplinary, and forensic artists draw on a broad range of skills, knowledge, and relationships with colleagues to complete this work. This paper will focus mainly on age progression and forensic facial reconstruction, although more applications of forensic art do exist. The case study in forensic art discussed here took the form of an age progression.

New developments in artificial intelligence, facial recognition, computed tomography, and DNA have implications for forensic art, and have already begun to find a place in the field. These emergent technologies ought not signal an end to the era of traditional forensic art, but rather the start of a dialogue regarding best practices for their integration into the field.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access