In 1994, Erik Nelson discovered the importance of investigative engineering and established the company currently known as Nelson Forensics. Now, 30 years later and with over 30,000 forensic evaluations completed, clients worldwide call on Nelson’s team to evaluate the extent and cause(s) of failures in the built environment, and develop remediation solutions and associated costs.

On April 1, 1994, I made a decision that would alter the course of my career, not to mention my life. The move to the forensic world turned out to be one of the most rewarding decisions I ever made (second only to attending the University of Texas). A huge thank you and sincere appreciation goes to all the coworkers, clients, friends, and family for making Nelson Forensics what it is today, 30 years later!Erik Nelson; CEO and Founder of Nelson Forensics

Nelson’s engineers, architects, and scientists identify damage and develop remediation solutions for buildings, equipment, and other property caused by natural perils, inadequate maintenance and misuse, and design and construction errors. Nelson is 100% employee owned and is the forensic industry’s respected, independent, and objective source for solving its clients’ complex problems.

A mentor of mine once told me “Do what you love, love what you do, and do it well.” I’ve been practicing that at Nelson for the past 16 years, and I’m so grateful for the many friends I’ve made along the way. I’m so proud of the combined excellence and professionalism of our Nelson family, and I’m blessed every day with the opportunity to work with all of them. – Ryan Chancey; President of Nelson Forensics

Below, a few more of our team members share their thoughts on Nelson turning 30:

“I discovered Nelson Forensics when I was a senior in high school, as part of a specialized course geared toward independent studies and professionalism. I ended up interning in both the Austin and Dallas offices throughout my undergraduate degree and began working full-time in 2019. Within Nelson, I have found not only an exciting career with a variation of unique projects and travel, but also a family. The people that make up Nelson were the reason I kept coming back during college breaks, and the reason I am still here today. We share in the trials and tribulations of evaluating tight crawlspaces, dusty attics, and devastating building failures. I may not have known what I was getting into as a senior in high school, but now I look forward to the very next project thrown my way, the learning experiences each one provides, and the next 30 years at Nelson Forensics.” – Kaitlyn Clemente; Project Director

“Nelson’s success and prosperity these past 30 years is a direct result of our people. We have an outstanding team of experts and staff that are committed to delivering exceptional services and a premium work product to our clients. Having the opportunity to work alongside and learn from our team is what has really made the Nelson experience special for me.” – Travis Ebisch; Senior Project Director & Client Ambassador

“I see Nelson like a caring family. They don’t just want to succeed as a company; they want you to succeed as an individual and will provide you the resources to do so.” – Justin Donaldson; Technical Director & Discovery Laboratory Director

“What I love the most about working at Nelson is the opportunity to work with such awesome team members!” – Lisa Holacka; Human Resources Generalist

“I’ve been at Nelson Forensics for 15 years and still love it! They treat you fairly and understand the importance of family and work balance. It doesn’t feel like work when you enjoy what you do and who you do it with. I’m very thankful to be a part of Nelson Forensics. Congratulations on 30 years!!” – Sheila McCarty; Staff Accountant

“I love working with the professional and competent engineers and architects at Nelson!” Darin Lasater; Principal

“In the heat of summer, dead of winter, and everything in between, I enjoy working with a group of highly qualified folks that will approach each site visit with a great attitude.” – Amanda Nogay; Senior Project Director