About Us

Odisea is a team of engineers who are part of a larger group of extremely talented consultancies and design firms.  The nature of development in any form includes the need to collaborate, which in turn provides fresh ideas and energy into our projects.  Odisea is a close partner with SEI Professional Services, an affiliate of Solar Energy International, focused on the engineering of commercial and utility-scale solar photovoltaic power plants across the U.S.


Jeff Ruppert, P.E. founded Odisea in 2000.  Jeff has been instrumental in the development of straw bale construction and the implementation of natural building materials and systems in North American and abroad.  He is a founding member of the Colorado Straw Bale Association (COSBA), a former Executive Board member of Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility, and has taught and lectured on the subject of codes and their inclusion of natural building materials.  As a licensed Professional Engineer in over 25 states he has influenced hundreds of projects by performing roles from general contractor to civil and structural engineer.  Jeff  spent two and half years in Afghanistan working as a mentor and contract manager where he met his wife and Principal partner Lucy Hunter.

Jeff is also the CEO at SEI Professional Services where he participates in the design of large-scale solar power plants with a dedicated, world-class team of electrical engineers and designers.




Lucille Hunter, PE. brings a strong background in multiple engineering disciplines.  Lucy brings a wide variety of engineering and management skills from environmental and structural engineering to the design, engineering, and construction of multimillion dollar installations in contingency environments.

Her design experience includes contaminated groundwater and soils remediation, hazardous waste site investigation and remediation, environmental site assessments, landfill monitoring, soils hydrologic reports, and structural design of high-end residential and commercial structures located in high snow load and high seismic activity regions.  She has also managed a group of 40 engineers and architects conducting the design and engineering of installations that include buildings and infrastructure such as roads, bridges, power plants, potable water supply and treatment, and wastewater treatment systems.

Given her technical background and broad multidisciplinary experience, Lucy is capable of understanding multiple site constraints and integrating the best solutions.  She is results and client oriented with an appreciation of the importance of completing projects on time and within budget.

Lucy is licensed as a Professional Engineer in Colorado, California and Arizona and is the majority owner of Odisea.



Rance Brady, E.I. has designed many vearying types of projects from large subdivisions to wastewater treatment and stormwater designs for photovoltaic projects ranging in size from 1 to 30 MWDC.  Rance  brings many years of permitting experience to the table having worked on projects in over 15 states, His knowledge of the various AHJ requirements, along with his pro-active approach to working with regulators ensures SEIPS will be successful in the stormwater permitting process.

When he is not working Rance likes to go fishing, backpacking, camping, cooking, and playing music.

Rance holds the following certifications:

  • Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC)
  • Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission (GSWCC) Level II Certified Plan Designer
  • Minnesota Certified Designer of Construction Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans



Andy Ford, E.I. is an engineer-in-training with a BS in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University who has been working in materials testing, construction inspection and design for over five years where he has worked on everything from design to implementation of the finished product.  He has worked on many infrastructure projects such as buildings, runways, cityscapes, stormwater and wastewater and is now enjoying learning about all that goes into solar civil site design. He has worked in the public and private sector in engineering, which helps him when communicating with governmental officials and AHJs to get permits or discuss local building codes.

He grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and moved to Colorado in 2007 to get a MA in Spanish from Colorado State University and pursue his love of the mountains. Speaking Spanish has helped him communicate with contractors as well as improve his overall communication skills and understanding of people with different types of backgrounds. He started with SEI Engineering in early 2020 since moving to Paonia, CO and has enjoyed skiing, rafting, hiking, camping, and getting to know his colleagues in the office. He enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures and communities around the world.