About

For over 60 years, we’ve found new and better ways to solve our clients’ challenging problems through creativity and expertise. Today, we continue to draw on the best of our past while always looking for what’s over the horizon. Our commitment: providing innovative marine solutions that are grounded in a comprehensive understanding of all things marine. To accomplish this, we demand excellence in every detail. We embrace new technologies and adapt to changing needs. And we do so as partners with our clients—partners who bring a passion every step of the voyage. These aren’t extras at Glosten. It’s what you get with us—every project, every time.

Our Leadership

Glosten is an independent, employee-owned company managed by a principal team of accomplished marine engineers and naval architects.

Morgan Fanberg, PE

President

A graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy, Morgan is a professionally-licensed engineer offering 20 years of marine industry experience specializing in marine mechanical and electrical systems.  This work includes all aspects of systems engineering from conceptual design through functional design and final testing and commissioning.  Prior to being appointed President, Morgan led Glosten’s Marine Engineering Group.  In that role, he served as a strong technical resource, a respected leader, and a trusted mentor.  As President, Morgan has chief responsibility for leading the path forward and setting the strategic direction for the firm.  Morgan is serving as the sixth president since Glosten’s founding in 1958.

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Lisa Renehan, PE

Vice President

Lisa offers 25 years of naval architecture and ocean engineering experience. She has performed extensive work in the areas of structural failure analysis, environmental loads assessment, and marine transportation. Lisa contributed to three major transportation studies for the State of Alaska, and led Glosten’s dynamic analysis of the SR520 floating bridge replacement for the State of Washington. She has a BSE in Ocean Engineering and an MSE in Interdisciplinary Civil Engineering, both from the University of Washington. As Vice President, Lisa supports contract negotiations for major projects, directs recruiting and hiring, and oversees the finance and accounting activities of the firm.

Ben Ackers, PE

Vice President

Ben Ackers is a professionally-licensed engineer offering over 20 years of marine industry experience. A graduate of Webb Institute with an MBA from the University of Washington, Ben led Glosten’s Ocean Engineering and Analysis group from 2010 to 2018. He has contributed to projects involving concept, preliminary, contract, and functional design, dynamic loads analysis, and transportation system modeling for vessels including barges, ferries, research vessels, and special-service platforms. This work includes two major transportation studies for the State of Alaska, the analysis of the conversion design of a bare-deck semi-submersible platform to the Missile Defense Agency’s Sea-based X-Band Radar (SBX) Platform, functional design of a 20,000-ton liquid-gas-carrier, and the development of Glosten’s PelaStar TLP wind turbine foundation. As Vice President, he leads the firm in business strategy, innovation, and corporate finance.

David Larsen, PE

Board Chair

David has over 30 years of vessel design experience from concept through construction. He specializes in marine mechanical and electrical systems. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington, and is a registered professional engineer in the states of Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii. Since joining Glosten in 1984, Dave has been at the helm of several major projects for the firm, including serving as principal-in-charge on the concept designs for converting car/passenger ferries to LNG propulsion, the design of the vessel to replace the M/V Tustumena for Alaska Marine Highway Systems, and the functional design of the Regional Class Research Vessels for the National Science Foundation and Oregon State University. He currently divides his time between supporting the next generation of firm leadership as Board Chair, and guiding new and novel projects as Principal-in-Charge.

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Our History

When you work with Glosten, you’re calling on 60 years of practical experience and leading-edge solutions. The timeline below highlights several of the events in Glosten’s history that have shaped us into who we are today: innovators in the marine industry.

Our Culture

We believe everyone deserves respect and opportunities for continued professional growth. Glosten associates participate in a wide variety of work as part of larger teams with easy access to the senior members of the firm. We encourage problem solving, rather than a task-oriented approach. Associates at Glosten enjoy flexible work schedules, and participate in a variety of activities available in the Pacific Northwest, both urban and outdoor. Our downtown location makes commuting by bike, bus, or ferry a breeze, and we encourage our Associates to give back to their profession and community by supporting these activities with paid time off and in-kind charitable donations.

Work at Glosten

Longevity and passion are two words that come to mind when you think of Glosten employees. Ask anyone around here, and they'll tell you this is a special place for extraordinary people. Interested in joining us? Explore our career openings.