Our People

hy S. W. Cole?

So, why S. W. Cole? Well, our unique mix of multi-disciplinary capabilities is certainly an advantage to help us serve your projects. Perhaps you will find our broad geographic coverage with our eight office locations is an advantage to service your projects. We believe you’ll find the biggest advantage of working with S. W. Cole is our people and the experience, expertise and solutions oriented approach they bring to our clients.

Cole People

Here at S. W. Cole, our senior management team is directly involved in the day-to-day process of serving our clients and delivering results. Stephen Cole, P.E. founded the firm in 1979. Today, the firm is led by long-term employees who are among the employee shareholders in our firm, each of whom brings unique expertise and experience to benefit your project.

       
 Bob Chaput    

Robert Chaput, P.E., President & CEO
Senior Geotechnical Engineer; Augusta Office Manager

Bob Chaput is a native of Winthrop, Maine who has been an integral part of the growth of S. W. Cole. Bob joined S.W. Cole in 1990 as an Engineering Technician and helped start our new office in Gray, Maine. The firm later promoted him to the position of Geotechnical Engineer, and in 1999, after S. W. Cole acquired the former operation of Morrison Geotechnical Engineering, Bob moved to our new Winslow, Maine office and oversaw its eventual move to Augusta, Maine. Bob was named President and CEO of the firm in 2014, and his responsibilities at S. W. Cole include office and firm management, including day-to-day activities of the corporation, and project management of geotechnical engineering projects and design of shallow and deep foundations and earth slopes. Bob is Chairman of the S. W. Cole Board of Directors.

       
       
Bruce Gray     Bruce Gray, P.E., Executive Vice President
Senior Geotechnical Engineer; Bangor Office Manager

A native of Orrington, Maine, Bruce has more than 30 years of experience in the geotechnical consulting field. He joined the firm in 1980 as Vice President, a position he held until his appointment to Senior Vice President in 1999. Bruce served as President of the firm from 2002 until 2009, and he now serves as Executive Vice President and on the Board of Directors. His responsibilities include corporate and project management duties, technical analysis, and design of shallow and deep foundations and earth slopes. Bruce has provided geotechnical engineering for a wide variety of projects and has substantial experience with compressible soil sites.

       
       
Paul Kohler     Paul Kohler, P.E., Chief Operating Officer
Senior Geotechnical Engineer; Gray Office Manager

A native of Pittsfield, Maine, Paul joined the Bangor office of S. W. Cole Engineering in 1985 as a Geotechnical Engineer. Several years (and several promotions) later, he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in 2009, a position he held until early 2014. His responsibilities include office and firm management, management of geotechnical engineering projects, coordination of subsurface investigations, technical analysis, and design of shallow and deep foundation systems and earth slopes. He also has experience with specialized investigations and foundation work in heavy industry, including piling, rock anchors, and underpinning.


       
       
Dave Dunning     Dave Dunning, SPHR, Vice President of Marketing & Human Resources
Senior Environmental Scientist

Dave was born in Bangor, Maine and grew up in Southern New England and upstate New York. He joined S. W. Cole in 1986 as a Laboratory Technician and, since then, has held the positions of Engineering Technician and Project Manager. Dave has more than 25 years of experience in the environmental consulting field including managing and providing environmental site assessments, Maine VRAP services and remediation of contaminated sites. In addition to his environmental duties, Dave is the firm's Vice President of Marketing & Human Resources and serves on the Board of Directors.

       
       
Gary Bucklin     Gary W. Bucklin, C.G., P.G., Director of Science Services
Senior Geologist; Corporate Health and Safety Manager

Gary was born in Brunswick, Maine and raised in Durham, Maine. He joined S. W. Cole Engineering, Inc. as an Engineering Technician in 1990. His experience includes seismic monitoring, gravel pit permitting, environmental site assessments, underground storage tank site assessments, groundwater monitoring and soil sampling. He has worked on projects in the MDEP VRAP program and serves as the Project Manager for Brownfields projects and third-party erosion control projects in Maine. As Director of Science Services, Gary works with our team of scientists specializing in geology, hydrogeology, wetlands, vernal pools, soil science, site evaluation, wildlife, marine biology, botany and GIS services. Gary is a member of the Board of Directors.

       
       
Chad-B-Michaud     Chad B. Michaud, P.E., Senior Geotechnical Engineer
Somersworth Office Manager

Chad began working at S. W. Cole as a Geotechnical Engineer shortly after graduating college. In 2001, Chad transferred to our Somersworth, New Hampshire office, which he now manages. His primary responsibilities with the firm include managing projects, providing contract development and providing geotechnical design and specifications. Chad has experience providing soils engineering services on a variety of projects including roadways, airports, wastewater treatment facilities and lagoons, gas pipelines, municipal buildings, towers, large retail facilities, schools and industrial structures, and he has significant experience providing geotechnical evaluation and global stability analyses for segmental mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) retaining walls. Chad is a member of the Board of Directors.

       
       
Jason Richard     Jason Richard, MBA, Chief Financial Officer

Jason has been with S. W. Cole for over 13 years. He received a bachelor’s in English from the University of Maine before entering the Maine Business School at the University of Maine. There he earned both a certificate of Post Graduate Studies in Business Administration and his Masters of Business Administration. As CFO of S. W. Cole, Jason is responsible for the firm's treasury functions (cash management, corporate budgeting, banking, risk management, and financial analysis, forecasting and reporting), accounting, audit and project financial management. In addition, Jason is involved in many of the firm's administrative functions including corporate filings, contract administration, risk management, and asset management. Jason also serves on the firm's Investment Committee and on the Board of Directors.

       
       
Roger Domingo     Roger E. Domingo, Co-Director of Construction Services

Roger was born in Bangor, Maine, but as an Air Force brat, his childhood included time in Michigan, North Carolina, Japan and Germany. His family returned to Maine when he was a teenager and he attended the University of Maine, earning an associate’s of science in Civil Engineering. He joined the firm in 1992 and is Co-Director of Construction Services, providing support for our construction services managers, personnel, training and management of daily operations for our office in Gray, Maine as well as all offices in New Hampshire and Vermont. He is a member of the Board of Directors and has over 30 years experience with a variety of projects such as large mass concrete placement, concrete slab construction, landfill cover materials and road construction.

       
       
Russell-L-Bragg     Russell L. Bragg, Co-Director of Construction Services

Russ was born in Waterville, Maine and was raised in Winslow. He attended Vermont Technical College in Randolph, Vermont, where he earned a associate’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Russ joined S. W. Cole in 1999 and has over 27 years of experience in construction materials testing. He currently serves as the Co-Director of Construction Services providing support and training for our construction services managers and personnel as well as management of daily operations in our Augusta, Bangor and Caribou, Maine offices. His experience includes quality control; laboratory testing ranging from concrete mix designs to gradations; field testing (including structural steel observation, bolt and visual weld observation, soil compaction control and concrete testing); and more.

       
       
Tim Boyce     Timothy J. Boyce, P.E., Director of Engineering Services
Senior Geotechnical Engineer

Tim was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. After graduating from high school, he entered the U.S. Navy. His military service, which continues today, spans over 30 years including active duty and 18 years as a Civil Engineer Corps Officer for the Naval Construction Force within the Navy Reserves. Tim, who earned a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Washington, has 20 years of geotechnical engineering experience working for consultants in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Oregon and Washington. He joined S. W. Cole in April 1999, and his responsibilities include project management, coordination of subcontractors and subconsultants, geotechnical engineering analyses, preparation of technical reports and specifications and training of technicians and field staff.

       
       
Lee Burman     Aleita "Lee" Burman, C.S.S., L.S.E.
Senior Wetland Scientist

Lee was born in Syracuse, New York and grew up in the Syracuse area. After graduating from Paul Smith’s College in Paul Smiths, New York, with an A.S. in Ecology and Environmental Science, she attended the University of Maine, where she earned a B.S. in Natural Resources. She joined S. W. Cole Engineering, Inc. in 1997 and is a Maine certified soil scientist and licensed site evaluator, and a New Hampshire certified wetland scientist. Lee has more than 20 years of environmental science experience, encompassing wetland science, soil science, soil site evaluation, regulatory compliance and permitting, biological assessment, wildlife assessment, forestry, air and water quality testing, radon testing and asbestos abatement.