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Jacqueline A. Speir, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Specialties: Polarized Light Microscopy, Pattern Analysis, Footwear, and Image Processing.

Research Interests

Dr. Speir's primary research interest is to develop computational methods in pattern recognition, imaging science, biometrics, and chemometrics. She is particularly interested in the application of numerical methods of image segmentation, processing, and data extraction to solve problems in the forensic, natural, and applied sciences. 

Dr. Speir received a B.S. in Biology from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec (1999), a M.S. in Forensic Science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, New York (2004), followed by a Ph.D. in Imaging Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York (2010).​

Dr. Speir was the Advanced Criminalistics Laboratory Coordinator at John Jay College of Criminal Justice from 2002-2004, before becoming an instructor and research microscopist at McCrone Research Institute between 2004-2006. After completing her Ph.D., she became an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry (Forensic Science) at Cedar Crest College from 2010-2012.

Special Information

Dr. Speir was a member of the NIST OSAC (Organization of Scientific Area Committees) Subcommittee on Footwear and Tire Tread between 2014 and 2019, and now serves as an associate member. She is a Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Criminalistics and an Associate Member of Criminalistics with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.  She also serves as a member of the ASB Consensus Body (CB) on Footwear and Tire Tread, and performed as the CB’s secretary between 2016 and 2019.

For more information on Dr. Speir’s research group and students, please visit her personal webpage.