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Tour the Chicago Regional Computer Forensics Lab with Illinois Tech's HTCIA Student Charter

Illinois Tech students are invited to tour the Chicago Regional Computer Forensics Lab on Thursday, February 11th at 2pm. The RCFL is used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, US Customs and Border Protection and numerous Chicago area police forces.

To participate in the tour you must be a U.S. citizen, register in advance, and become a HTCIA member ($25 annual fee for students). Below is information about HTCIA and how to join:

The High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) IIT Student Charter
The High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) was formed to provide education and collaboration to global members for the prevention and investigation of high tech crimes. The purpose of our student charter is to foster, promote, and encourage the study of criminal investigations involving advanced technologies and security by the academic community. It is limited to undergraduate or graduate students majoring in computer science; forensics, criminal justice, law enforcement, corrections, accounting, auditing or similar program of study. For more information about HTCIA please visit the website at

To join, please contact the HTCIA IIT Student Charter President, Melanie Thompson, at Student membership is discounted at $25 for an entire year. A regular membership is $75.

If you're interested in joining the tour of the RCFL, please contact Melanie Thompson by February 1st. Spots are limited.

An RCFL is a one stop, full service forensics laboratory and training center devoted entirely to the examination of digital evidence in support of criminal investigations such as—

  • Terrorism

  • Child Pornography

  • Crimes of Violence

  • Trade secret theft

  • Theft or destruction to intellectual property

  • Financial crime

  • Property crime

  • Internet crimes

  • Fraud

RCFL Examiners combine the talents and experience of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Normally, an RCFL consists of 15 people: 12 of the staff members are Examiners and 3 staff members support the RCFL. The RCFL's duties may include—
  • Seizing and collecting digital evidence at a crime scene

  • Conducting an impartial examination of submitted computer evidence

  • Testifying as required.


Feb 11, 2:00pm to 6:00pm


Chicago RCFL