Welcome to Cowley Engineering, P.C.

Cowley Engineering provides forensic engineering, structural design and expert witness testimony for the restoration and re-purposing of commercial buildings, residential buildings and parking structures. We are proud of our ability to provide individual attention, simplify what may appear to be a complex issue, then deliver a focused, efficient solution that best fits our client’s needs.

Key Staff Bios

Eric W. Cowley, PE

bio-ericEric formed Cowley Engineering in the early 1990’s and has performed structural and forensic engineering services in NY, NJ, CT, PA, MD, GA, TX and FL ever since.  From 1980 to 1985, Eric was a construction manager on hotels, office buildings, retail shopping centers and parking structures in the cities of College Station, Houston and Austin, TX.  In 1985, Eric relocated to Manhattan and formed his own Construction Management firm that performed façade renovations, building re-purposing and renovations to townhouses, penthouses and commercial properties.  Eric studied structural engineering at Texas A&M University and City College and holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree.  Eric is a Certified Special Inspector in 16 categories, patent holder and author of (2) books.  In 2011, Eric assisted the city of Philadelphia, PA with the writing of their version of the facade inspection and safety law based upon his experience with the facade inspection law in NYC.  When Eric is not providing engineering services he spends his time with the hunters and jumpers at the horse farm he owns with his wife and two children.

Jim Howe

bio-jimJim Howe is a Project Engineer at Cowley Engineering P.C. in the Stamford, CT office.  Jim has been with the company for over 15 years and has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry.  A graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park MD, Jim oversees many of Cowley Engineering’s construction enhancement and re-purposing projects.  Jim has developed a keen eye for diagnosing water infiltration issues and is a natural at developing cost effective repair/enhancement methods.  Jim values the relationships he has developed with clients and contractors over the years and is a sought after leader on every project team because of the efficiency and clarity he brings to normally complex situations.  Jim is a member of the International Concrete Repair Institute.

Bree DePalo

BreePrior to joining Cowley Engineering as Operations Manager in 2012, Bree was a professional property manager on residential properties in NY, CT and VT.  With Bree’s extensive experience as a property manager, she quickly grasped the needs of our clients.  Bree brought to Cowley Engineering and our clients added organization, anticipatory thinking and the ability to handle multiple tasks.  In addition to her property management background, Bree owns and manages her own portfolio of income properties.  Bree is a graduate of Castleton College in Vermont and resides in Stamford, Ct.

Noelle Fontaine

Noelle returns to Cowley Engineering as a Senior Draftsperson following a sabbatical where she received an education in the cathodic protection of steel in structures.

A graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology, she holds a degree in Interior Design, an NCIDQ certification, and is a LEED Green Associate. Throughout her career, she has been employed in the fields of interior design, architecture and engineering and enjoys both residential and commercial design. At Cowley Engineering, Noelle enjoys seeing Manhattan from rooftops and vaults and finds that surveying historic buildings and ‘fitting together the pieces of the puzzle’, in the interest of keeping the structure intact, to be fascinating. In her free time, Noelle enjoys pursuing her passions for interior design, photography, painting, jewelry design, spinning fiber into yarn and knitting funky hats.

Andrew F. Kaplan, PE


Andrew has returned to Cowley Engineering after 10 years and is now our new Director of Engineering. With over 23 years of engineering experience, he brings an eclectic array of knowledge to the forensic and structural challenges that Cowley Engineering faces everyday.

In the past, Andrew worked for a bridge engineering company where he provided inspection and engineering services for numerous New York City bridges. Recently, he has worked in the environmental sector, designing and inspecting infrastructure associated with municipal solid waste landfills in the tri-state area.

Born and raised in New York City, Andrew brings a distinctive personality to the consulting business. This New York City background, coupled with his professional experience, allows Andrew to foster unique relationships with both the client and the contractor.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Albany (1983) and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the City College of New York (1993). He is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York and New Jersey.

In his spare time, Andrew enjoys cooking, eating, and spending time with his family – his wife, two kids, two dogs, and two cats.

Michel Monteiro


Michel Monteiro is a graduate from Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. With his four years in the engineering field, he has proven his attention to detail, efficiency, and teamwork abilities. His experience includes subsurface sewage disposal systems, green infrastructure designs, and stormwater management systems, on-site inspections of wastewater facility construction, erosion and sediment control inspections, and stormwater management inspections. In his spare time Michel also advances his knowledge by staying on top of developments in the industry, keeping abreast of new research and ideas, and with practical course work offered by various agencies and associations. Michel enjoys working out, running, outdoor activities, reaching out to at risk youth by volunteering at various events to help make a difference in their lives, and volunteering and giving back to the community in Mount Vernon.

Nicole Martin

Nicole is excited to be back working with Cowley Engineering as a project architect. She received her Master’s in Architecture from Norwich University in 2013. From 2015 to 2017 she served with the Peace Corps in the country of Albania. Her primary assignment was working in historic preservation in an Ottoman-style UNESCO-protected city. Throughout the two years, she performed minor interventions on Ottoman-style homes, a12th- century mosque, and drafted restoration plans for two Illyrian castles. The pinnacle point of her service was being awarded a USAID grant and managing the project to refurbish part of the country’s second largest castle with collaborations from local artisans, and vocational students. The project was completed in 2017 and within the first tourist season, the City’s Ministry of Tourism reported a 5% increase in ticket sales compared to previous years. Now back at Cowley Engineering, she is looking forward to being back in the creative and energetic collaborative work environment where she can grow as a young professional designer. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking and water coloring.

Noah Manny

New graduate from Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Noah brings both geotechnical and structural engineering experience with prior internships. Having EIT certification, Noah looks forward to the challenging yet rewarding start to his professional career at Cowley Engineering. He is always up for a challenge and a new opportunity to learn and grow. Noah besides being a project engineer at Cowley Engineering P.C., is a foodie, sports fan and loves to travel every chance that he can.

Noah Haversat

Noah is a new Graduate from Lehigh University with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering and a minor in Business. Noah is excited to begin his professional career at Cowley Engineering and looks to bring his internship experience in market research and operations improvement to the work space. He is always eager to gain industry knowledge and grow his skill set through taking on challenging projects and learning more about the industry hands on.  In his free time Noah enjoys hanging out with friends, being outside, watching sports, as well as traveling back to his home state of Maine.

Frankely Valdez

Frankely Valdez is an engineering student at Norwalk Community College who is transferring to University of Connecticut to earn a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. With over 5 years of experience in customer service, he has developed the skills necessary to understand the clients and provide a suitable solution to their needs. His role as a supplemental instructor at NCC has strengthened his engineering skills breaking down complex problems to individual understanding levels. Throughout his higher education, he has learned the math and physics skills necessary to understand engineering concepts and their real-life applications. His dedication, knowledge, and discipline has taken him from being a stock clerk at a retail store to working with the Cowley Engineering team of professionals. He enjoys working at Cowley Engineering to provide structural and forensic engineering services to clients. In his spare time, Frankely enjoys reading, cycling, and spending time with his family.


Mira Daoud

Mira has recently graduated from the City College of New York with a bachelor in Civil Engineering. She has previously participated in an internship program during which she assisted an engineering team with the design of a new high-speed rail system.  She possesses a NYS Intern Engineer certification and would like to one day become a licensed engineer.

Being a cosmopolitan person, she enjoys learning about other cultures, and especially through food.