I have known Mr Dwane Hilderbrand in a professional capacity from 1993. Mr Hilderbrand is a forensic scientist, practitioner and educator of the highest order. As the author of one of the few textbooks in his particular field of footwear impression evidence, he is widely acknowledged as one of the leading practitioners in this area. Similarly, he is one of the few forensic practitioners to possess a higher degree in education (M. Ed.) and he is equally respected as a highly knowledgeable, inspirational and engaging teacher of forensic science and practice.