Matt Johnson, PE


M.S. Structural Engineering
Iowa State University

B.S. Civil Engineering
North Dakota State University


Central Energy & Utilities, Lipids, Oils & Animal Feed, Education, Clean Manufacturing, Healthcare, Fuels, Government


American Institute of Steel Construction

Matt followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming a second-generation civil engineer. He worked as a consultant to KFI on several projects before joining the company full time, so he was well aware of the caliber of people and work. He appreciates the focus on quality, and the support KFI offers in terms of the tools employees need to do the job well. He brings 28 years of experience to the firm and enjoys seeing the week-to-week progress on a job and how all the pieces come together.

Matt’s career has taken multiple paths within the structural engineering field. He started in the agricultural processing industry designing heavy industrial buildings. He then spent several years focused on designing a variety of structures including industrial, office, commercial, religious, educational, and municipal buildings. This variety of design has led to an expertise in designing with wood, light gauge steel, structural steel, concrete, and masonry. He tends to put pencil to paper and work out designs and detail by first sketching and doing hand calculations but will develop a computer model when it speeds the analysis.

As the structural group manager, he has overseen the development of construction documents on many projects ranging in size from small schools to large manufacturing facilities. He works with the owner, architect, and contractor during design and construction to resolve problems and provide cost-effective solutions.

Outside of the office, Matt enjoys golf, woodworking, spending time with family and friends, and boating/fishing on White Bear Lake.

“I strive to produce drawings that are clear, concise and well organized in order to eliminate confusion and ensure a structurally sound final product.”
– Matt Johnson, PE