Alice (Maceo) White, Owner

I was born and raised on the east coast in rural northern Maryland. In 1992 I decided that the world was big and ready to be explored. I took off for the Great White North and finished my bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. A few years after graduation I landed my first job in forensics at the state crime lab. In an unexpected twist of fate, I moved to the desert in southern Nevada and have been working as a manager in a large forensic laboratory since 2006.

The Short Story

  • I have been working in forensics since 1997.
  • Since 2006, I have been a manager in a large forensics laboratory.
  • I obtained certification in Latent Print Examination by the International Association for Identification in 2001.
  • I became a Distinguished Member of the International Association for Identification in 2004.
  • I am a member of the American Society of Crime Lab Directors.
  • I serve on the Journal of Forensic Identification Editorial Review Board.
  • I was a member of the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Expert Working Group on Human Factors in Latent Print Analysis from 2008-2011.
  • I served on the ASCLD/LAB Technical Advisory Committee for Latent Prints from 2014-2016.
  • I am an affiliate member of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) Friction Ridge Subcommittee.
  • I am a member of the RTI Human Factors in Forensic Practice Sourcebook Working Group.
  • I am a member of the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS) Friction Ridge Consensus Body.
  • I have published research and technical articles in a variety of peer-reviewed publications (see the Resources page on this website for all publications).
  • I have taught fingerprint interpretation throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.


How did I get here?

The world-renowned Pat Wertheim sent me tumbling down the road of research and discovery. Pat asked me to take over a class he was teaching on the analysis of problem latent prints. Of course, at that time in my career, I only had 4 years of experience compared to Pat’s 25 years – it was intimidating to say the least. I realized Pat had his many years of experience to explain the interpretation challenges with the latent prints. I lacked the depth and breadth of experience so I took the only alternative path – I did research.