Key Staff


Below are brief bios for Blackburn Consulting's key staff. Along with their individual experience and leadership, they are also good friends that have worked together for many years.

Grace Blackburn, CEO, owner

With 30 years of leadership and financial experience, Grace Blackburn serves as Chief Executive Officer. Using her Industrial Engineering background, Grace has successfully managed the company’s day to day operations since its formation. She actively strives for excellence both personally and professionally.

Thomas Blackburn, PE, GE, F.ASCE, owner

Blackburn Consulting’s co-founder, Tom Blackburn provides strong leadership not only for the company, but also for professional and local communities. He exemplifies a solid work ethic and integrity. Tom specializes in forensics and complex engineering projects. Licensed in California and Nevada, his 28 year track record and close relationships with clients and employees tell the story for Tom Blackburn.

Robert Lokteff, PE, GE, owner

Bob Lokteff is our West Sacramento and Modesto office leader and principal in charge of our certified testing laboratories. Bob has devoted his 24 year career to geotechnical engineering. He has completed studies for large levee improvements, bridge foundations, tank farms and slope stabilization projects. Bob specializes in analysis of challenging conditions such as foundations and slopes on soft soil and evaluation of underseepage.

Patrick Fischer, PE, CEG

With 26 years in geologic and geotechnical studies, Patrick Fischer provides a high level of professionalism to his clients. His experience includes evaluation and recommendations for levees, dams, bridges and interchanges, treatment plants, pipelines, hospitals, schools, and prisons. Patrick specializes in geologic studies and analysis for soil and rock stability, landslide mitigation, site seismicity and determination of earthquake loads, and fault risk assessments.