Three Generations of Engineers
Jeff’s father Dale Armstrong worked for 26 years as a civil engineer with the United States Forest Service, designing and building dams, roadways, waste treatment stations, and campgrounds. After retiring from the Forest Service, he continued work with various county governments, as well as in his own engineering firm. “Dad impressed two things on us kids, Jeff remembers: ‘Do your best’ and ‘Remember who you are.’ I’ve never forgotten either.”
That same sense of integrity and commitment were passed down to Dale from Jeff’s grandfather Ellis Armstrong. “My grandpa worked in the golden age of civil engineering in this country,“ Jeff remembers. From the design and construction of over 30 dams, to his key role on the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Interstate Highway Program, Ellis Armstrong participated in many of the great public works of the 20th Century. Two U.S. presidents appointed him to prominent positions: President Eisenhower to head the Bureau of Public Roads, and President Nixon to lead the Bureau of Reclamation. Ellis Armstrong is the only recipient of Honorary Membership in the country’s four major civil engineering based organizations: Chi Epsilon, American Society for Civil Engineering, American Water Works, and the American Public Works Association.
“I suppose it’s just in my blood to want to build something that lasts,” Jeff says. “That’s why Armstrong Forensic Engineers is not about me. It’s about the network of top rate consultants we have been able to attract over the years. That’s how we have earned a solid reputation for the accuracy and integrity of our work.”