American Engineering Testing (AET), which engages in geotechnical, environmental, materials and forensic engineering, announced Nov. 28 that co-founder and Chairman Terrance (Terry) Swor, PG, is retiring on Jan. 2. The announcement comes after a planned transition period commensurate with Daniel Larson, PE, being named CEO in 2016.
“His passion for exceptional customer service and building meaningful relationships with clients and vendors alike has allowed the organization to grow and excel through considerable market and economic change,” Larson said. “AET is stronger than ever thanks to Terry’s tireless dedication to the industry and to our employees.”
Swor founded AET in 1989 with Donovan Stormoe, PE, Richard (Dick) Stehly, PE and Robert Krogsgaard, CFO, as a company focused on being a leading provider of engineering, environmental and materials testing services in the Minneapolis/St. Paul region. Under Swor’s leadership, AET grew from a small local firm into an internationally recognized company, and its footprint of services continues to grow.
During his 53-year career, Swor served as president of the American Institute of Professional Geologists Minnesota/Wisconsin chapter; president of Minnesota Concrete Council, and is an active member in the Minnesota
Geotechnical Society and American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). He authored numerous technical publications and presented at professional and technical seminars throughout his career, always looking for ways to advance the geological and engineering profession. He has been the recipient of both the President’s Award and Tom Roche Lifetime Achievement Award given annually by ACEC/MN for his dedication to and advocacy for the consulting engineering community. He also received the Richard Stehly Industry Advancement Award by the Minnesota Concrete Council for his dedication and research in the cast-in- place concrete/cement industry.
“AET would like to recognize and thank Terry for his extraordinary leadership and uncompromising drive to create a quality organization during his tenure,” Larson said. “All of us in this industry owe Terry much appreciation and gratitude for his commitment to improving the engineering, architecture and construction market, and the communities where we work and live.”
American Engineering Testing, Inc. has its corporate headquarters in St. Paul and over 20 offices throughout the United States.