Tetra Tech: What’s in a Name?

Celebrating our rich history by exploring how our founders came up with the name Tetra Tech
Oct 14, 2016 8:00 AM ET
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Tetra Tech’s name has withstood the test of time. However, you may have wondered about the derivation of our name. Here’s a little history lesson in the etymology of Tetra Tech.

Tetra is the Greek word for the number four, representing the company’s four founders: Nicholas Boratynski, Henri Hodara, Bernard LeMéhauté, and Don Stern. Each founder was a well-known expert in one of the firm’s four core technical disciplines—coastal engineering, research and development, geophysics, and systems analysis.

Tech, short for the word technical, highlighted the complex nature of our work in these disciplines, which informed the course of the company’s evolution.

As we look forward to the next 50 years, we are excited to carry on the same entrepreneurial and technical spirit that our founders had when they started the company in 1966.