Our structural engineers, architects, and field/lab testing technicians are committed to the delivery of attentive, responsive problem solving services

Headquartered in Willowbrook, Illinois and offices in Chicago, our staff are deployed on projects located throughout the U.S. and globally. Collectively, our professional staff hold licenses in 44 states. 

Our Principals are recognized leading experts in their respected fields of forensic structural engineering, forensic architecture, field/laboratory testing, and building sciences. With accomplished careers spanning over 30 to 40 years, each brings unparalleled knowledge, project execution, and expert witness experience to the leadership and delivery of our expert consulting services. 

SENIOR Principals


Kurt is the President of RRJ and responsible for the leadership and oversight of the firm's consulting and testing services. He has specialized in the investigation and repair of distressed and deteriorated structures and the performance of building materials and systems, and consults in the areas of structural analysis, complete collapse, design peer review, water leakage investigation, and expert witness testimony.  Kurt was named among the world's leading expert witnesses by Who's Who Legal: Construction 2019 and received the 2019 Expert Witness Award, Construction-USA from Lawyer Monthly magazine











Engineers | Architects









Andrea has over 12 years of architectural experience specializing in the evaluation and repair design of building enclosure components and systems, air/water infiltration field testing, and architectural and structural design of new and existing buildings. Her building enclosure expertise includes architectural peer review, thermal testing, and Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx).





Bart has nine years of structural forsenics experience in field investigation, condition survey documentation, and remedial design.  He specializes in structural analysis in the areas of load path determination, calculation review, and computer modeling of existing structures and structural components.




Rebecca has over five years of experience in the development of drawings and specifications for remedial repair programs to resolve nonperforming build enclosure systems and components. She has conducted investigations involving condition survey documentation and laboratory testing and performed field inspection and construction observation on select repair projects.



Business Operations

BARBARA J. SMITH, S.E. | Director of Business Operations


Barbara manages the day-to-day operations of RRJ and is responsible for risk management, finance, contracts, professional licensure, and oversight of the accounting, administrative, and technology support personnel. An accomplished structural engineer, her career spans over 37 years in forensic engineering, project management, and business operations.


KATE M. BRANNELLY, FSMPS, CPSM | Director of Business Development


Kate is responsible for the marketing operations and implementation of RRJ’s firm-wide client development, communications, and promotional initiatives. An A/E/C industry marketing leader, she has 30 years of marketing and business development experience with global and regional multidiscipline design and expert consulting engineering firms.