ACEC Michigan elects new president, board

LANSING—The American Council of Engineering Companies/Michigan (ACEC/M) has announced Steven Gravlin, PE, PS, of Michael Baker International, as its 2019-2020 President.

Gravlin was born and raised in Michigan and is a product of Michigan Lutheran Seminary, THE University of Michigan, Michigan Technological University and California State University. He grew up working in his father’s survey company and on the family farms in the thumb of Michigan.  He is a vice president of Michael Baker, a Pittsburgh, Pa.-based engineering firm with an office in Dearborn, and a partner in its subsidiary, Baker and Associates. He is both a professional engineer and a professional surveyor.

Gravlin is a great supporter of the MDOT/ACEC Partnership Charter Award, having been involved in several of the iterations of the charter over the years. He has chaired the ACEC transportation committee, co-chaired the MDOT contracts and finance committee and chairs the promotion, networking and recognition committee of the board. He has served on the ACEC/M board of directors for seven years.  He is an avid reader and boater who resides with his wife, Wendy, in Grosse Ile.

Other officers and board members named were: president-elect, Jack Wheatley, PE, Rowe Professional Services Co., Flint; treasurer, Christopher Cook, PE, Abonmarche, Benton Harbor; national director, Michael Cooper, PE, Harley Ellis Devereaux, Southfield; past president, Sean Kelley, PE, The Mannik & Smith Group Inc., Detroit; and board members, Rick Chelotti, PE, Bergmann Associates Inc., Lansing; Paul Galdes, PE, Fleis & VandenBrink Engineering Inc., Grand Rapids; Chuck Gemayel, PE, SME, Plymouth; Jon Kramer, PE, OHM Advisors, Livonia; Eric Morris, PE, HNTB Michigan Inc., East Lansing; Jayson Nault, PE, Tetra Tech, Brighton; G. Ramanujam, PE, Somat Engineering Inc., Detroit; Jeffrey Schumaker, PE, Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc., Grand Rapids; Oge Udegbunam, Tyme Consulting Engineers Inc., Livonia; and Michael Weingartz, PE, SmithGroup, Detroit.

ACEC-Michigan represents the business interests of Michigan engineering, surveying, architectural, and related scientific firms that provide professional knowledge to the built environment and strive to protect the health and safety of the public. ACEC/M is part of the American Council of Engineering Companies. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., ACEC is a federation of 52 state and regional councils representing more than 600,000 engineers, architects, land surveyors and other specialists. ACEC’s primary mission is to strengthen the business environment for member firms through government advocacy, political action and business education.  For more information, visit or call (517) 332-2066.

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