Engineering firm appoints principals
A local engineering firm has two new principals.
Grand Rapids-based Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, or FTCH, said this month it promoted Kamran Qadeer and John Willemin to the roles.
The firm provides engineering, architectural, construction and environmental services.
Other FTCH principals include firm President Jim Susan, as well as a number of VPs: Kerri Miller, Jeff Schumaker, Phil Davis, Eric Hugger, Tim Mcnamara, Mike Colvin, John Condie, Steve Nichols, Jim Smalligan, Tom Gray II and Bill Gipson.
“One of the important characteristics FTCH looks at in terms of our promotions and especially at the principal level is one of awareness and connection to our corporate culture and philosophy that we adhere to,” Susan said.
“Throughout the years, both of these individuals have demonstrated their commitment to our corporate culture and values through their achievements and how they interact with staff.”
Qadeer first joined FTCH in 2009, with more than 20 years of experience as a licensed engineer in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.
He was promoted to associate in 2011 and senior associate in 2012 and has worked as the transportation marketing director and team leader for the transportation and bridge teams.
He has an M.B.A. in international business and finance from Eastern Michigan University and an M.S. in structural engineering from the University of Michigan. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil and structural engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Roorkee, India.
He is active with the American Council of Engineering Companies, American Society of Civil Engineers and Conference of Minority Transportation Officials and volunteers with the City of Novi Construction Board of Appeals.
He’s also been an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy.
With FTCH for nearly 20 years, Willemin works in the water and wastewater department.
He became a team leader in the department in 2003 and is regularly involved in sales and marketing. In 2006, he became an associate and a senior associate in 2009.
His first stint with FTCH was three summer internships with the civil field group.
He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University.
He’s licensed as an engineer in Michigan and Wisconsin.
Willemin currently serves as chair of the Michigan Section of the American Water Works Association and is on the Professional Advisory Board for Michigan State University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
He’s also a member of the Water Environment Federation.
Founded in 1956, FTCH has about 400 employees.
The firm has nine offices: Grand Rapids; Kalamazoo; Lansing; Detroit; Macomb; Novi; Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; and Lafayette, Indiana.