Tom Mauriello has been a Senior Lecturer and Laboratory Instructor for the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice for the past 46 years. He teaches the Department's Crime Laboratory course, CCJS 320 - Introduction to Criminalistics. He teaches Section 010 of this course on Mondays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM during the Fall and Spring semesters.  He is also responsible for managing the Department's Teaching Crime Laboratory, which is an integral part of CCJS 320.  In the fall of 2022, Professor Mauriello created an all-new course, CCJS 318c, Public Speaking for Criminal Justice Professionals.  This course is also held on Mondays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters.

He is an educator, author, consultant, and public speaker.  He retired in February 2012 after 30 years of service with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).  His assignments with DoD included: Special Agent; Chief of Police; Senior Polygraph Examiner; Director, Occupational Health, Environmental and Safety Services; Director, Interagency OPSEC Support Staff (IOSS); Deputy Director for Security Education, Training and Awareness; Congressional Staff Investigator for the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations; and Chief of Polygraph for the Associate Directorate for Security and Counterintelligence.  He is a former police officer and criminal investigator.

His academic position here at the university has been held concurrently throughout his professional career includes teaching criminal investigation and forensic sciences courses, while managing the Crime Laboratory for the University of Maryland at College Park, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice.  Member of the Council of Forensic Science Educators.

An accomplished author, who wrote the digital textbook, Introduction to Criminalistics – From Crime Scene to Court Room;  the legal treatise, Criminal Investigation Handbook ¾ Strategy, Law and Science; The Dollhouse Murders, illustrating crime scene dioramas used to study the crime scene investigation (CSI) process; Public Speaking for Criminal Justice Professions – A Manner of Speaking; and the CSI Checklist App, launched in fall 2020.  See

A sought after forensic sciences consultant, TOM is regularly interviewed for newspaper, television, and radio news media. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight and CBS Sunday Morning News, and Fox and MSNBC cable news showsHe has been featured on television documentaries, including The Discovery Channel’s Lizzie Borden Had An Ax, and Investigation Discovery (ID) Channel’s series, Forensics: You Decide.  He is the host of the webcast show, “,” broadcast LIVE and archived on

His vast public speaking experience includes the presentation of counterintelligence awareness briefings and forensic science lectures at numerous universities and law schools, as well as his motivational seminar on public speaking communications, Motivation through Communication

Recipient of the U.S. Department of Defense, Exceptional Civilian Service; Holds the degree of Master of Forensic Sciences from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Fellow - American Academy of Forensic Science, Active member - International Association for Identification, Member - Council of Forensic Science Educators, Member - Maryland Polygraph Association, and Lifetime Member - Operations Security (OPSEC) Professionals Society. FAA Certified Remote Pilot for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) and Advisory Committee Member - Maryland Center for Forensic Excellence.

On April 2011, he formed a forensic consultant company, ForensIQ, Inc.  His company provides forensic investigation services; criminal case & evidence assessments; security & counterintelligence services; education, training, awareness and motivational public speaking presentations; and news media and film and TV production consultation. 

Areas of Interest

  • Forensic Sciences, Criminal Investigations, Crime Scene Investigations, Polygraph, Investigative Hypnosis, Operations Security (OPSEC), and Counterintelligence.
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  • Degree Details
    Master of Forensic Sciences, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Professor Mauriello's course, CCJS 320, Introduction to Criminalistics, takes a strategic look at the scientific methods used in the investigation, detection, and solution of crime. As a class, you explore all the vital phases of the criminal investigation process and forensic sciences (Criminalistics) from the 'crime scene' to the 'Crime Laboratory'. This is accomplished by way of class lectures, A/V and interactive web-based presentations, crime laboratory exercises and demonstrations, textbook readings, and the opportunity to learn from visiting guests speakers who are experts in their respective fields.

Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
CCJS320 Introduction to Criminalistics Spring 2023 Syllabus
CCJS318C Special Topics in Criminology & Criminal Justice; Public Speaking for Criminal Justice Professionals Fall 2022 Syllabus
  • President and CEO of ForensIQ-Inc.
  • 30 years with the Department of Defense as a Special Agent and Manager. (Retired)
Senior Lecturer,Tom Mauriello is  an educator, author, consultant, and public speaker.
2401 Marie Mount Hall
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
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Office Hours
Mondays, 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM.