The History Archive


September 15, 1955 – Edward Shay founds Pacific Architects & Engineers, Incorporated in California as an architectural and engineering firm assisting the U.S. government effort to rebuild Asia in the wake of World War II.

1958 – PAE expands into operations and maintenance with its support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Japan and Korea.


1963 – PAE is awarded the first of twelve successive contracts in the Vietnam War, becoming the first civilian contractor in a combat zone to conduct facilities engineering for the U.S. government.

1968 – The countrywide support structure of 104 bases and camps and over 30,000 employees that PAE has throughout Vietnam establish it as one of the primary contractors developing engineering and logistics infrastructure.


1972 – PAE brings its expertise home with its operation of the Naval Arctic Research Laboratory in Point Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost point of the United States.

1975 – PAE employees are among the last Americans to evacuate from Saigon, by helicopter, from the roof of the U.S. Embassy.


1984 – PAE expands into Latin America with operations and maintenance for the Regional Military Center in Trujillo, Honduras.

1987 – PAE trains sailors in critical job functions of expeditionary warfare for the U.S. Navy at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, California. PAE has continually performed under this contract since.


1996 – Supporting U.S. efforts to foster democracy in the Balkans, PAE recruits and deploys election monitors and governance experts.


December 31, 2001 – PAE is the first contractor to arrive in Afghanistan in support of the United States government.


2013 – PAE acquires Computer Sciences Corporation’s Applied Technology Division, adding facilities management of NASA’s Johnson Space Center to the PAE portfolio of contracts.

2014 – PAE fights on the front lines against Ebola with a USAID logistics support contract in Liberia.

June 13, 2017 – PAE acquires FCi Federal, a leading provider of adjudication support and process management services for the federal government.

February 2, 2018 – PAE acquires Macfadden & Associates, a leader in international disaster response support.


February 10, 2020 – PAE goes public.