Chad R. Fischer

Chad R. Fischer, Ph.D., S.E., P.E.


Vice President

As a Principal and Vice President of ESi, Dr. Chad Fischer partners closely with our other technical leaders to drive ESi’s vision, strategy, and growth, while overseeing all aspects of the company's day-to-day operations. Highly regarded for his technical know-how, values-based leadership, and practical problem solving skills, Dr. Fischer has been instrumental in extending ESi's reach into fast-growing markets while remaining hyper-focused on quality and execution. Most recently, he led ESi's Civil/Structural practice, where he consistently delivered strong operational and financial performance, proven commitment to ESi's purpose and people, and a clear sense for how we can bring them together in service to our clients.

Structural Engineering

With a career that spans more than 15 years, Dr. Fischer has inspected, evaluated, and designed repairs for a wide range of commercial, industrial, residential, and transportation structures, ranging from high rise office buildings, manufacturing facilities, and single/multi-family homes to bridges and roadways. He brings a blend of strategic perspective and technical expertise to every project, along with a deep understanding of construction projects and procedures. Together, this combination of skills proves instrumental in helping clients understand and navigate complex civil/structural issues – including scope, short- and long-term costs, safety issues, ways to minimize business disruption, and options to restore or replace.  

Disaster Response

Dr. Fischer is deeply committed to the communities in which he serves and actively volunteers his time as a Structural Specialist for Urban Search and Rescue teams. Currently, he serves on the National Structural Engineers Emergency Response (SEER) Committee and is a Structures Specialist with the Urban Search and Rescue Team (TF IL-1). He also trains engineers, architects and building officials across the country on how to perform structural assessments following large scale disasters.

Dr. Fischer earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  He is a sought-after instructor, has presented at a variety of industry and technical forums, and has published numerous papers and reports. Dr. Fischer also led several research projects on structural health monitoring and real time assessment of in-service bridges.


  • WilTel Technology Curtain Wall Framing Failure Investigation, ASCE Forensic Engineering 2012: Gateway to a Safer Tomorrow, January 2013
  • Mechanism Methodology for Structural Health Monitoring of Arch Bridges, University of Illinois at Chicago PhD Dissertation, January 2011
  • A Hybrid Approach for Safety Assessment of the Double Span Masonry Vaults of the Brooklyn Bridge, Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring, June 2011
  • Simplified Technique for Remote Monitoring of Deflection in Arch Structures, Journal of Experimental Techniques, June 2011
  • Numerical Evaluation of Vibration Based Methods for Damage Assessment of Cable Stayed Bridges, Journal of Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, January 2011
  • Safety Assessment of Brooklyn Bridge Masonry Vaults Based on Real Time Monitoring and Laboratory Tests, 1st Middle East Conference on Smart Monitoring, Assessment and Rehabilitation of Civil Structures, February 2011
  • Fiber Optic Monitoring of the Masonry Arch Approach Spans in the Brooklyn Bridge, NDE/NDT for Highways and Bridges: Structural Materials Technology, August 2010
  • Serially Multiplexed FBG Accelerometer for Structural Health Monitoring of Bridges, Smart Structures and Systems, July 2009
  • Low Frequency Fiber Optic Accelerometer for Civil Structural Health Monitoring, 16th SPIE Annual International Symposium on Smart Structures/NDE, March 2009
  • Structural Health Monitoring of the Lingotto Cable-stayed Pedestrian Bridge with Optical Fiber Sensors, Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure, November 2007
  • Structural Health Monitoring of a Long-span Cable-stayed Bridge, Journal of Intelligent Materials Systems and Structures, August 2007
  • See CV for further publications

ESi's expertise spans dozens of industries and specializations organized across several practice groups, each staffed by dozens of in-house experts with the technical knowledge, hands-on expertise, and courtroom experience required to execute projects for and with our clients from start to finish.

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