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Alumnus John Katers earns OHM Outstanding Employee of the Year Award

Alumnus John Katers (BSE CE ’00) has been selected for the 2013 Outstanding Employee of the Year Award from OHM Advisors.| Short Read
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OHM Advisors is an architectural, engineering and planning firm committed to advancing communities. More than 200 employees dedicate their talents to OHM Advisors, including architects, civil and mechanical engineers, planners, landscape architects and surveyors. The firm has offices in Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.

Edging out candidates nominated from offices across the firm, Katers received the award in late December. The award recognizes employees who demonstrate outstanding service or make outstanding contributions to OHM Advisors and the communities they serve.

Katers is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Michigan and Ohio. He has been with the firm for 13 years, and works with a team to design roadway, bridge and traffic projects for municipalities, counties and departments of transportation. His project role includes roundabout technical expert, project engineer and project manager. Katers specializes in road and complex geometric design projects.

OHM Advisors’ Director of Transportation Pat Wingate says “John goes beyond the extra mile. His dedication is hard to find. His constant ‘How can I help?’ attitude proves that he cares about his community before himself.”

Active in his local community, Katers has been a member of the City of Livonia Traffic Commission since 2009. He is also a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, an international association of transportation professionals.

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