Our History

How We Came to Be

Starting in 1965 and growing ever since.

After coming to the US from his native Greece and graduating from Stanford University with a Masters in Civil Engineering, Tim Sandis worked with several regional firms. At the heart, Tim was a civil engineer, therefore, in 1965, Tim founded Sandis & Associates, Inc. in downtown Mountain View. Over the years, Tim grew to love the City of Mountain View and served on the Downtown Revitalization Committee, showing his great pride in the work that the firm performed and his community. In 1973 John Humber became a part owner with Tim, and served as the Vice President for the new Salinas office, known as Sandis, Humber & Associates. The firm transitioned to Sandis Humber Jones when Jerome Jones became the firm’s President, following Tim’s retirement in 1997.

The firm’s leadership continued to expand when Ken Olcott assumed the role of President and Jeff Setera assumed the role of Vice President in 2005, when Jerome Jones relocated.  Ken & Jeff changed the firm’s name to its present day name of SANDIS Civil Engineers Surveyors Planners. In keeping with Tim’s original vision of engineering excellence, SANDIS has grown to be one of the largest engineering and surveying firms in California with over 165 employees.