Chief Executive Officer
Founder of SALEM Engineering Group, Inc.


Master of Science in Civil Engineering, with distinction, California State University, Fresno, California
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, The Ohio State University, Athens, Ohio


Registered Geotechnical Engineer – CA                       Registered Civil Engineer – Utah
Registered Civil Engineer – California                           Registered Civil Engineer - Idaho
Registered Civil Engineer – Arizona                               Registered Civil Engineer – New Mexico
Registered Civil Engineer – Nevada                               Registered Civil Engineer – Alaska
Registered Civil Engineer – Washington                      Registered Civil Engineer – NCEES 
Registered Civil Engineer – Oregon                               Registered Environmental Assessor – CA
Registered Civil Engineer – Texas


OSHA 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Training
American Concrete Institute (ACI)

Mr. R. Sammy Salem, founded SALEM Engineering Group, Inc. (SALEM) in Fresno, California in Marchohio-university of 2003. After graduating from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, in 1987 with a Bbachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Mr. Salem began his engineering career as staff engineer in 1988, working for two Central California engineering firms where he gained practical experience and took on increasingly more technical and supervisory roles, including managing the Southern California satellite office of his previous employer prior to establishing his own firm. While working full time as an engineer, Mr. Salem completed his Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering with distinction from California State University, Fresno, California in 2001. He also obtained his Civil and Geotechnical Engineering licenses in California and his Civil Engineering licenses in eleven other states (Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, and Colorado).

california-state-university-fresnoTo help his community, between August 2003 and May 2009, Mr. Salem worked as a Part-Time Professor at the College of Engineering of California State University, Fresno, California teaching Soil Mechanics and Foundation design. He continued to support the university on a volunteer basis. Between 2002 and 2004, Mr. Salem worked with the California Board of Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors, and Geologists, and assisted in preparing and grading the geotechnical engineering examination.

Mr. Salem started SALEM and progressively grew from a one-man operation in 2003 to employing over 75 personnel today. At the request of our growing client base, SALEM opened two additional offices in 2007 (Ranch Cucamonga and Bakersfield, California); and a fourth office in Stockton, California was added in 2009. A fifth office was opened in 2012 in San Jose, California. Recently, SALEM opened offices in Dallas, Texas and Denver, Colorado. Under Mr. Salem’s leadership as the President and the CEO, SALEM continues to grow as a result of its commitment to its clients and employees to be fair, innovative, responsive, and single-minded in its goal to be the source for cost-effective solutions and services for environmental, geotechnical, engineering geology, and construction testing and inspection needs.

Since the firm was established in 2003, Mr. Salem played a key role in providing Geotechnical Engineering, Environmental Consulting, Construction Special Inspections & Materials Testing, Engineering Geology, and Forensic Engineering services for major large-box retail chains, retail pharmacies, major and neighborhood grocery chains, lending institutions, commercial and real estate banking, private real estate developers, state and federal agencies, municipalities, irrigation and flood control districts, K-12 and higher education, refineries, plating facilities, landfills, single- and multi-family residential developments, low-income and senior housing, housing authorities, airports, law enforcement facilities, correctional facilities, religious institutions, hospitals and medical facilities, and many others throughout the state of California and within the Western United States. As evidenced by our ever-growing number of new clients and the large quantity of our repeat clients, we have proven that quality need not be sacrificed for economy.