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Engineering firm names principals

May 2, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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Jeffery Schumaker
Jeffery Schumaker. Courtesy Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber

A local engineering, architecture, environmental and construction management firm has named two new principals.

Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, or FTCH, said last week that it has named Jeffery Schumaker and Thomas Gray to the roles.

FTCH said the principal role is “the highest management and leadership honor” at the firm.

The principal position is attained, in part, through "demonstrated ability and leadership over many years of service with the firm” and requires "the purchase of a significant amount of company stock,” along with “the inherent responsibility of guiding the growth and development of the firm in future years.”


Schumaker is an SVP at FTCH and joined the company in the structural engineering department in 1996.

Previously, Schumaker spent four years with Scott Civil Engineering.

Much of Schumaker’s recent work has been with steam distribution. A notable recent project is the West Circle Drive North Campus project at MSU, a $77 million, four-phase project to replace the school’s oldest steam tunnel, dating back to the early 1900s.

He is also FTCH's client services manager for Michigan State University and University of Michigan.

Schumaker is active with the firm's Catalyst Committee and mentoring program and serves on the firm’s Management Committee.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University.


An SVP, Gray joined the FTCH civil/infrastructure division in 2004.

Previously, Gray had a total of 17 years of experience at Earth Tech and Consoer Townsend Envirodyne Engineers, both now AECOM, as well as the Michigan Department of Transportation and Capitol Excavating and Paving.

Gray has overseen multiple Michigan Department of Transportation and local agency projects, including the $58-million M-231 bridge over the Grand River and the $48-million re-construction of an 11-mile stretch of I-69.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University.

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