Crystal Redding

director of business development

group manager

Crystal joined EMC in 2009 as the office manager of the material testing and special inspection division.  She is responsible for day-to-day laboratory operation, staffing, contracts, client relations, billing, and maintaining our Nuclear Regulatory Commission Materials License.  Crystal’s training includes the following: ACI field and strength; WAQTC qualified in asphalt, aggregate, embankment & base and in-place density; radiation safety officer. 


John Rego

top engineering executive

Professional geologist / Special inspector

John is a Certified Professional Geologist (CPG) with a recently obtained B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage.  He has over 13 years of geotechnical, materials testing, and special inspection experience. He has been with EMC Engineering since 2008 in several roles which include geotechnical manager, field manager, special inspector, Certified Welding Inspector (CWI), Non-Destructive Technician (NDT), and material technician.  A small list of past projects includes: Palmer Waste Water Treatment Facility, Eklutna Generation Station, Goose Creek Correctional Center, Ketchikan Shipyard, and Fire Island Wind Farm. 

John is a lifelong Alaskan from the Copper River Valley.  During his upbringing his father was the regional Geologist for the Bureau of Land Management where he spent many weeks assisting with mining claim assessments.  While obtaining his geology degree he was a wildland firefighter on a hotshot crew.  Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family and is an avid hunter.


Andy Davenport

Chief financial officer

Special inspector

Andy has been working as an inspector and materials technician for the last 19 years. His duties have included performing inspections of concrete, masonry, structural steel, welding, NACE, asphalt and soil, as well as training new inspectors.  In addition to his career as a special inspector, Andy is in the Navy Reserve as an Engineering Shop Supervisor and Quality Control Representative for Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Eighteen. Andy's recent project experience includes providing inspection and testing at the ANC Taxiway Y Reconstruction, ANC Gates B1, B3, B5, ML&P Plant 2 Expansion and Eklutna Generation Station.

He resides in Palmer with his wife and 3 children. They enjoy fishing, berry picking and beach combing.

Tom DeLand

construction INSPECTOR

Tom performs Quality Control/Assurance Inspections and reviews, and understands all relevant code requirements and referenced standards. Tom works with clients, as requested, to prepare proposals and estimates, and also works as the Owners Representative, ensuring that all work is carried out according to client’s specifications. He reviews all test data and reports from EMC staff prior to submittal to clients. He has worked as a Materials Technician, QA/QC Inspector, QC/QA Manager, Special Inspector and Project Engineer.


Rainier Saspa

Construction inspector

Rainier has been a Materials Testing Technician for since 2008. During that time, he has performed materials testing and QC on numerous large-scale projects for EMC. Most recently, Rainier was on the Seward Highway projects MP 50-54.5 and MP 54.5-75 where he conducted materials testing and inspection on asphalt, concrete, and earthwork. This experience included immediate processing of daily documentation for approval and transmittal. Rainier also served as a stand-in materials inspector for the Unalaska Airport Improvements project.  Rainier was on the Fire Island Wind Farm project, where he conducted materials testing and inspection on concrete reinforcement, concrete placement, and earthwork throughout the project. Rainier was a Materials Testing Technician on the Muldoon Road Pedestrian Improvements, Phase III project for the ADOT.




Candace has over 10 years of geotechnical testing experience, with work on projects in Alaska, Colorado, and Arizona. Candace joined EMC in 2009, and she is currently the laboratory supervisor, where she trains new technicians, oversees all lab work, and takes an active role in maintaining laboratory accreditation.  She is WAQTC, ACI and AK-CESCL certified. Candace holds a B.S in Environmental Science and Geology from Northern Kentucky University




office administrator

Michelle joined EMC in 2013 when she relocated from Southern Illinois. Her years of experience in customer service and office management have been useful in her transition into the construction management and engineering field. Michelle is the office administrator at our material testing and special inspection division in Palmer. She provides administrative direction and support for daily operational activities including, but not limited to, field coordination, clientele relations, billing, lab data entry and employee support. 


David cerna

field manager / special inspector

David joined EMC in 2011 as a Field Manager for all operations on Kodiak Island. He has 12+ years of construction related experience with increasing responsibilities in the field and laboratory. He is certified in ICC, ACI, OSHA, and WAQTC.  His responsibilities include: special inspections, field and laboratory testing, training, client relations, and review of project documents. He has worked on large complex projects in Georgia, Florida, Washington, and now resides in Alaska. Notable projects in Alaska include: ML & P Plant 2A Expansion project, Kodiak Fish and Game building, Nikiski Generation Plant Expansion, Pillar Mountain Windmill project, and the Kodiak Airport Expansion Project.

nick kuka

materials technician

Nick has been a materials technician for EMC since 2012, when he began working in the materials lab in Palmer. Since then, Nick has gone on to work in the field and in several remote lab locations around the state.  These include Kodiak, Soldotna, and most recently at the Hope Junction for the Seward Highway MP54.5-75 project. Duties involved in these areas included constant communication with contractors and clients, field testing and sampling, laboratory testing, and submittal of reports. Nick’s training includes the following: ACI field and strength; WAQTC qualified in asphalt, aggregate, embankment & base and in-place density.  During his time with EMC, Nick has also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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john murphy

materials technician

John has over 5 years of field and laboratory experience in concrete, soil, aggregates and asphalt. His primary duties with EMC include inspections and testing on various projects throughout Alaska.  These projects include Palmer Waste Water Treatment Facility, Wasilla Fire station, Anchorage Downtown Parking Garages, and the King Salmon Sand Storage building. Prior to joining EMC, John was a field technician in Colorado and New Hampshire.  John is WAQTC and ACI and is completing his ICC Reinforced Concrete certification.