Our Company and People

We are…

a Nevada corporation with deep roots in the American west.

We trace our origins to a bulldozer run by Earl Robison in White Pine County during WWII, which provided local and emergency access to the wild parts of Nevada.

Wally Robison began private consulting in 1986 in Grand Junction, Colorado. The company returned to its origins in Nevada in 1991, and was incorporated in 2005.

Robison Engineering is just hitting its stride, with a diverse and innovative core of professionals, and the tools and agility to meet the engineering, planning, mapping, and construction needs of our region.

We are…

a small company; agile and personable. Preferring new problems to routine work, and willing to grab a shovel when it is time to get things done.

Statement of Qualifications
(May of 2017)

Aaron Hoberg, EI
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Aaron Hoberg, EI

Air Quality Professional
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Aaron is a Chemical Engineering graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno (2010). He started his career in Air Quality working for the State of Nevada at the Bureau of Air Pollution Control while in college and transitioned to the consulting side shortly after graduating. Aaron worked at JBR Environmental Consultants, Inc. and later at Stantec as an Air Quality Specialist helping clients with air quality permitting, performing facility wide air audits for compliance reporting, performing air dispersion modeling, drafting air resource sections for NEPA documents, Method 9 opacity observations, and TRI reporting. Aaron is bringing his air quality expertise to Robison Engineering to help grow the environmental side of the firm.
Brittany M. Dougherty, EI
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Brittany M. Dougherty, EI

Project Professional, Treasurer
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Brittany is a Civil Engineering graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno (2016). She has experience with complete site, grading, and drainage plans for commercial and residential properties. She started working in the field as an engineering drafter in 2014 before she started her career at Robison Engineering. When she is not at the office, she enjoys spending her free time at Lake Tahoe.
Chris Baxter
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Chris Baxter

Crew Chief
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Chris has been involved in the surveying/engineering field for over ten years and is proficient at a large variety of varying field techniques and disciplines. Chris is a hard working and honest man who believes “Rome wasn’t built in a day, but the control points won’t set themselves”.
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Chris Ross, PHD

Senior Scientist
Chris Ross, PHD
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Chris recently retired from the Bureau of Land Management Nevada State Office where he headed the Abandoned Mine and Hazmat programs and was heavily involved with active mine reclamation, wildlife issues and photography. He enjoys the diversity of projects at Robison and the chance to work on environmental analysis and permitting from “the other side”. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno, in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology. Interests include Shiba Inus [Japanese dogs], slow dirtbikes, riparian management and restoration, SCUBA, and volunteering in environmental education. He and his dogs and horses live off-grid “way up a dirt road” in Sierra County, California. Recently, Chris received his FAA Commercial UAS/Drone Pilot license.
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Dan Kelsoe, PLS & WRS

Master Surveyor
Dan Kelsoe, PLS & WRS
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Dan Kelsoe, has been specializing in construction staking and solving the hard problems of the field for his entire career in Nevada and California. Dan is leading Robison Engineering into the exciting future of land law, autonomous data collection, and real-time data processing.
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Elizabeth 1

Unmanned Aerial Survey Unit
Elizabeth 1
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Our eBee was born in Switzerland in 2014 and has learned quickly. She is the first unmanned aerial system (UAS) in the state of Nevada approved by the FAA for commercial aerial mapping. She can almost effortlessly take a few photos of your private parcel, or map up to 300 acres of your mine or subdivision in a single flight, at resolutions and with resulting data that will simply take your breath away. To learn more or reserve our eBee for your next project, contact Ryan Sigler at ryan@robisoneng.com.
Elizabeth Heiles, PE (#024919)
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Elizabeth Heiles, PE (#024919)

Professional Engineer
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Elizabeth is a Civil Engineering graduate from the University of Arkansas (2012). After college, she went on to pursue a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT. Elizabeth started her career as a Project Manager at Carlson Consulting Engineers, Inc., in Bartlett, TN, where she gained experience in commercial site design, permitting and utility design. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and experiencing new adventures.
Eric Joslin, EI
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Eric Joslin, EI

Project Professional, Secretary
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Eric graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2013. He joined the Robison team in January of 2014 and is beginning his work in structural design/analysis and drafting. He will continue his education while working at Robison and will expand his knowledge base in the engineering field. I can beat Tj at (disc) golf.
Julianne Zotter, EI
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Julianne Zotter, EI

Project Professional, Treasurer
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Julianne is a recent Environmental Engineering graduate from University of Nevada, Reno (2014). She is excited to start her career with such a fun company. With Robison, Julianne has worked on many projects involving hazardous waste containment, mine reclamation cost estimation and planning, weed abatement, and some small scale wastewater treatment. Like Wally, she is a fifth generation Nevadan who is eager to improve the health of the environment while participating in Nevada culture. She also races dirtbikes in her spare time.
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Makenzie Jones

Technician
Makenzie Jones
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Makenzie is a Geological Engineering student at the University of Nevada, Reno who plans on graduating in the Spring of 2018. She started her technical career at Robison Engineering as an intern in May of 2016 and has grown into her role as a technician. During her time at RENG, she has gained skills in drafting, surveying, and project support. Outside the office, she enjoys trail running, rock climbing, and knitting.
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Marcie Wood, CEM

Project Professional
Marcie Wood, CEM
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Marcie Wood, CEM-1512, began her career in Nevada as a miner via geology degrees from the Universities of Iowa and Texas-El Paso. She eventually transitioned to the environmental industry, working several years in California before returning to northern Nevada. Her understanding of the science and philosophies of both the extraction and environmental protection businesses bring a unique perspective to projects.
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Nathan Earl Robison, PE (#016055)

Principal Engineer, President
Nathan Earl Robison, PE (#016055)
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Nathan Robison loves designing things, running for miles in the snow, and his family of 5. As a PE in 11 states (and counting) and Water Rights Surveyor in NV, he is responsible for much of the company’s work. He is justifiably proud of helping to build the blossoming professional core and no-excuses work ethic of Robison Engineering. His optimism is uncanny.
Nick Breshears
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Nick Breshears

Drone Pilot
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As the first company in Nevada with a 333 waiver, Nick was one of the first legal UAV pilots. Nick has a passion for aviation as a whole and has worked various jobs in the industry. Nick is currently a student at the University of Nevada working on his Mechanical Engineering degree. Nick has been designing various UAV airframes and components. Nick is also into high-power holding a Tripoli level 2 rocketry certification. Nick also enjoys being an active member as well as the vice president of the University’s rocketry club. Basically, if it goes in the air Nick loves it. As a pilot for Robison, he is in command of mission planning, filing, and flight execution.
Nich R. Maus
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Nich R. Maus

Master Inspector
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Nicholas has been a Certified Welding Inspector since 2004 and has experience in welding/ fab and quality control in the structural steel and pressure piping industries. He received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2013. His professional background includes solar thermal and hydronic heating systems, manufacturing automation, mechanical design, research in smart materials and controllable damping, and custom design and fabrication.
Phaedra 1
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Phaedra 1

Unmanned Aerial Survey Unit
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Phaedra 1 is the second unmanned aerial survey unit in Robison Engineering's roster. Featuring a multirotor design, Elizabeth 2 will be able to fly in much tighter quarters then her sister, Elizabeth 1. This addition will allow Robison Engineering to access and survey a far wider variety of terrain then before. To learn more or reserve our Phantom 3 for your next project, contact Ryan Sigler at ryan@robisoneng.com.
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Ralston Pedersen

Staff Professional
Ralston Pedersen
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Ralston is a Mining and Metallurgical Engineering graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno. He is wildly passionate about the mining industry and endeavors to ensure its sustainability and success through his work at Robison Engineering. Outside of the office, Ralston is an avid outdoorsman and spends his free time exploring the Nevada wilderness.
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Ryan Sigler

UAS Professional, Inspector
Ryan Sigler
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Ryan Sigler began working for Robison engineering in November of 2011. Ryan can be found in the field performing concrete inspections, helping man the aerial and construction survey departments. When not in the field Ryan will be in the office processing survey data, working in CAD, or performing secretarial duties for the company.
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Shu Nomura

Senior Professional
Shu Nomura
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Shu has worked for civil engineering firms since he graduated from the University of Nevada in 2005. He obtained the Bachelor of Technology in Construction Management degree in 2009. He’s been involved with the development of commercial, industrial, and residential sites; municipal and private drainage improvements; project cost estimating; and project coordination as an owner’s representative. His knowledge of project coordination in Reno-Sparks area ensures our clients’ projects are launched smoothly.
Steve Porter
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Steve Porter

Systems Integrator
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Steve started in the IT industry in 1989 in the Seattle area as a computer consultant for clients in the Insurance and Financial industries. While in the Puget sound area, he has worked as a corporate employee and independent contractor as a Systems Analyst or Administrator for most of his career, with the occasional Industrial Control network design and integration.In 2006, after moving to Reno, NV, he combined his knowledge of computer systems and Industrial Controls working as a Systems Integrator in the A/V Automation, BAS markets and on various Programming languages while continuing to work in IT Consulting.
Tawni DePaoli
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Tawni DePaoli

Project Professional
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Tawni is a Civil Engineering graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has experience in construction management and structural plan design. She is a Nevada native, and spent the first thirteen years of her adult life as a paramedic in the area. She’s looking forward to embarking on a new career with Robison keeping the community safe in a completely different way. When she’s not busy designing, she enjoys performing on her violin, going fishing, trips to Disneyland, and playing with her twin sons.
Tony Kelsoe
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Tony Kelsoe

Crew Chief
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Tony has been in the surveying field for over 10 years. With a specialty in Boundaries and construction staking, but very capable in all aspects of surveying, running heavy equipment and underground utility work. As a 3rd generation surveyor, he has seen it all.
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TJ Prendergast, PE

Senior Professional
TJ Prendergast, PE
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TJ graduated from Washington State University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2012. While attending WSU, TJ worked two summers for Robison Engineering as an intern and transitioned to full-time after graduation. He initially focused on structural design and analysis, but has recently been expanding into more civil fields. When he’s not working, TJ enjoys being on the slopes during the winter and on the golf course during the summer.
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Wally Robison, PE (#009674)

Principal Engineer
Wally Robison, PE (#009674)
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Wally Robison is the founder and now retired President of Robison Engineering Company. Wally started in the mining business in 1969, working for Gulf Resources in Montana. Going on to obtain a BS in Geological Engineering from University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1972. Wally is a PE of Mining and a Certified Environmental Manager. He takes pride in careful, reliable work and brings unique common sense to the environmental consulting practice. A fifth-generation Nevadan, Wally is proud to contribute to the health and prosperity of the western US.
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