BTR Park gets a new partner in water quality and research engineering firm

Drummond Carpenter, an engineering and sciences firm focused on sustainable water resource management is the newest company in Western Michigan University's Business, Technology, and Research Park.

The company is in the WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine Innovation Center in the BTR Park. It is led by the company's Vice President of water resources Dr. Donald D. Carpenter

The Michigan's office work will revolve around best practices in stormwater management, hydrogeological modeling and design, sustainability, green infrastructure and community engagement. The company's Florida office is focused on water assessment and remediation, treating groundwater and surface water for such contaminants as PCBs, petroleum hydrocarbons, metal, and radionuclides.

Carpenter also serves as the director of the Great Lakes Storm Water Management Institute at Lawrence Technological University, where he taught civil engineering from 2001 to 2016. Earlier this year, he was named the 2017 Educational Professional of the Year by the Michigan Water Environment Association.

The Drummond Carpenter leadership plans to recruit WMU students as interns in the coming months--taking advantage of their new office's proximity to the WMU College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. They also hope, Carpenter says, to mentor students through the college's Senior Design Projects, a capstone engineering effort in which seniors work with industry sponsors to find solutions to real-world problems.

"We use our expertise to provide quality places for people to live, work and play," Carpenter says. "Human health and well being are dependent on the type of environment we're building."

WMU's Business Technology and Research Park shares the university's 265-acre Parkview Campus with the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Launched in late 1999, the BTR Park is home to nearly 50 private-sector companies focused on the life sciences, advanced engineering and information technology. The businesses in the park directly employ more than 850 people. 

Source: Western Michigan University

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