About Us

John (Jack) Olsen, PE, CFI has BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Oregon State University. After graduate school, he conducted research in electric motors, generators, and controls at the Westinghouse Research and Development Center and taught electrical engineering fundamentals at the University of Pittsburgh. In the early 1980's, he designedJWO power electronic products and industrial circuitry while employed as Chief Engineer of Power Control Corporation. Since 1986, Jack has been investigating fire, controls, and electric shock incidents and allegations and conducting research in electro-forensics and fire science. Jack is a Licensed Professional Engineer in multiple states, he holds the paper in Fire Investigation from the Institution of Fire Engineers (United Kingdom), and he is a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Fire Investigators.

 

James (Jim) Donia has AS Degrees in Electrical Technology and in Electrical Engineering Technology as a technician in the electronics field, he built and wired a variety of complex industrial electronic systems. In the mid 1980's, he entered the quality assurance field andJRD became a quality manager at Robicon, a manufacturer of power electronic equipment. He is a Certified Quality Technician, and a Lead Assessor qualified to perform quality audits. Jim joined Olsen Engineering, Inc. in 1998. He instruments and documents experiments for fire-science and engineering investigations, creates computer drawings, participates in fire-scene and artifact examinations, coordinates services with outside laboratories, interfaces with public sector investigators, and performs literature searches.