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Engineering firm names first female principal
A local engineering firm has its first female leader.
The board of directors at Grand Rapids-based Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr and Huber recently elevated Kerri Miller to the position of principal.
Miller said she's looking forward to the challenge of being a leader at the firm, which sells civil engineering, architecture, environmental and construction management services.
“It’s very exciting. I’m actually the first female in the firm to be named principal," Miller said. "I think it’s an important thing for staff."
Miller added that she thinks there "needs to be engagement in our educational system for younger girls with math and science."
"I remember being the only girl in many of my classes back in the 1990s — and that really wasn’t that long ago,” Miller said.
Miller, who has been at FTCH since 2000, has risen through the firm’s ranks, from senior engineer to associate and then to senior associate.
Before joining FTCH, she worked as a civil engineer at Earth Tech and CTE Engineers.
Miller earned her B.S. in civil engineering from Michigan State University and became a licensed professional engineer in 2004.
She is also a LEED-accredited professional and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.