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Rogan Stearns, P.E.

Registered Professional Engineer:

  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • California
  • and 12 other states

Education and Training:

  • Bachelor of Science - Civil Engineering, University of Maryland, 1974
  • Certified Welding Inspector, American Welding Society, #77111981 (inactive)
  • ADC Commercial Diver - Surface-Supplied Air Diving Supervisor

Awards and Publications:

  • American Society for Testing and Materials - Award for ferrocement research
  • American Welding Society - Chairman, Washington section, '80-'81
  • Bulkheads, article, Freehand magazine, 1994

Professional Memberships:

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)
  • American Concrete Institute (ACI)
  • American Welding Society (AWS)
  • American Forest and Paper Association (AFPA)
  • American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)


Rogan Stearns has been an active principal in consulting structural engineering firms since 1977. He has served as President of Stearns Engineering since he founded the firm in 1983. Mr. Stearns has been the Structural Engineer of Record for thousands of design projects and the responsible Professional Engineer for numerous structural investigations and structural inspections. He has extensive experience as a principal, design engineer, structural inspector, structural investigator, and expert witness. His military experience (Captain, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) included construction management experience at all levels.

Mr. Stearns is a trained commercial diver and has personally performed the underwater inspection of over 200 bridges throughout the U.S. and directed the inspection of an additional 1000 bridges. He has designed new bulkheads and moorings and evaluated and designed repairs above and below the waterline for existing bridges and marine structures.

Philip J. Lentocha, P.E.
Project Engineer

Registered Professional Engineer:

  • Maryland


  • Bachelor of Architectural Engineering (Structural Option)
  • Pennsylvania State University

Professional Memberships:

  • American Institute of Timber Construction (AITC)
  • American Plywood Association - Professional Associate
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation


Philip Lentocha has over thirteen years of structural engineering experience and has analyzed, designed, and detailed numerous commercial and residential buildings involving a wide range of construction materials. He has performed investigations of various types of damaged and deteriorated structures and prepared structural condition reports and construction documents for repairs and rehabilitation. His responsibilities include the observation and monitoring of structural work throughout construction on many projects.

Mr. Lentocha has supervised the underwater inspections of over 300 bridges and prepared the ratings and condition reports for the structures inspected. He has been responsible for planning, scheduling, personnel, and equipment for an underwater bridge inspection team performing state-wide inspections in Connecticut.

Andrew Lacovara
Director of Underwater Services

Education and Training

  • Bachelor of Arts, New York University, 1994
  • Divers Academy of the Eastern Seaboard, ANSI/ACDE 1993-01 Commercial Diver
  • ADC Commercial Diver - Surface-Supplied Air Diving Supervisor
  • NBIS Certified Bridge Inspector
  • NDT/UT Level I

Awards and Publications

  • Explorers Club (New York) Activity Grant (1992, 1993, 1994)
  • "Notes on the Marble from Tantura", with P. Sibella, in Underwater Excavations at Tantura Lagoon, S. Wachsmann, ed., forthcoming.

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Diving Contractors
  • Archaeological Institute of America
  • Nautical Archaeology Society (UK)
  • Institute of Nautical Archaeology


Andrew Lacovara has directed numerous commercial and research diving projects since 1994, both in the United States and abroad, performing underwater structural inspections and marine archaeological surveys and excavations. He has extensive experience supervising inspections for condition assessment and for quality control of repairs to submerged structures, and has mastered a wide array of diving tasks, including underwater photographic and video documentation.

Mr. Lacovara has performed structural design, detailing, and CADD drafting for numerous buildings and other structures in steel, reinforced concrete, wood, and masonry. He also has experience in construction contract administration and field structural inspections of buildings.