Mark Hopwood

Mark Hopwood is the Senior Forensic Scientist at the Center for Applied Forensics at Jacksonville State University.  He began his career in the forensics field in 1989 as a Forensic Scientist with the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.  In 2012, he transitioned to Jacksonville State University to serve as the Senior Forensic Scientist for the Center for Applied Forensics.  He teaches undergraduate level forensic classes for the Department of Criminal Justice & Forensic Investigation.  He has over 26 years of crime scene experience and still actively processes crime scenes and testifies in judicial proceedings.

Mr. Hopwood received a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1988.  He received a M.S.F.S (Master of Science in Forensic Science) degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1992 and a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree from Jacksonville State University in 1998.  He is a certified law enforcement officer through the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission, a Diplomate through the American Board of Criminalistics, a certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst through the International Association for Identification and certified Fire Investigator I and Fire Investigator II through the Alabama Fire College.