It is the mission of Cowan Associates, Inc. (CAI) to provide quality Professional Engineering services, personalized and with on-time delivery. We, the employees and management, aim to strive for excellence so that you, the client, will achieve success.
To be an outstanding Professional Engineering Service provider, who partners with clients with diverse needs, to successfully turn their ideas into reality.

Michael R. Smith, P.E., Vice President/Secretary
 Director Testing/Inspection and Geotechnical

Johann F. Szautner

Professional Engineer  Pennsylvania – Reg. #PE062904
NICET, Level III Transportation Engineering Technology, Highway Materials
NICET, Level II Transportation Engineering Technology, Highway Construction
ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician – Grade I #00990990
Pennsylvania Code Administrator #R01120, 003526, Building Code Official, Accessibility Inspector


Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Spring Garden College

Professional Associations

National Fire Protection Association
ASTM – Committee C09, Concrete and Concrete Aggregates


Continuing author, Cowan Associates, Inc. Newsletter, "Angle and Line"

Areas of Concentration

Construction and Contract Administration
Materials Testing
Geotechnical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Forensic Engineering

Specialized Expertise

Administration of PA Uniform Construction Code
Construction Inspection for Code Compliance
Construction Materials Testing and Inspection
Contract Administration
Dam Inspection
Fire Protection Systems Design
Foundation Investigation and Inspections
Highway and Street Reconstruction Design
HVAC Systems Design
Plan Review for Code Compliance
Quality System Manager
Radiation Safety Officer
Retaining Wall Inspection
Soil/Rock Anchor Inspection
Soils and Concrete Testing
Structural Steel Inspection
Wastewater Systems
Water Systems
ADA and FHA Plan Review – Inspection - Design

Professional Experience

Cowan Associates, Inc. (CAI) 2000 to Present

This is a broad-based engineering firm offering services in the fields of Civil, Structural, Environmental, Land Development, Municipal and Building Engineering, as well as Surveying and Construction Management.

Responsible for overseeing construction projects' inspection services and materials testing laboratory. Have served as Secretary and currently as Vice President/Secretary.

Ambric Testing and Engineering, Inc. 1987-2000

Staff Engineer and Director of Operations for company specializing in testing and inspections. Responsible for operation of field technicians and laboratory testings. Also served as Radiation Safety Officer and Quality System Manager.

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