Alan Smaka, PE

Regional Director, Kalamazoo, Chairman of the Board

Alan has an exceptional ability to absorb complex issues, digest the information, and quickly propose a common sense solution. Educated as a surveyor and civil engineer, he started his career at Wightman in 1997. He has moved up through the surveying, inspection, and engineering ranks to now serve as a Project Manager, Kalamazoo Regional Director, and Chairman of the Board for the employee-owned firm – all roles in which he sets strategies for success and works alongside staff to support whatever needs arise.

Areas of Focus

  • Water
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Commercial development
  • Drain projects
  • Client engagement
  • Financial assistance & grant procurement
  • Strategic planning & major project initiatives
  • Good communicator & facilitator

Services

Education

B.S. Civil Engineer, B.S. Land Surveying
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Professional Training & Registrations

  • Professional Engineer Michigan
  • Soil Erosion & Sedimentation Control Certified
  • PSMJ Principals Bootcamp & Project Managers Bootcamp
  • American Council for Engineering Companies Emerging Leaders Training
  • Southwest Michigan First 1st 50 Program
  • Various Leadership Trainings including: Emotional Intelligence, Crucial Conversations, Catalyst University as well as others.

Awards

  • Moody on the Market 40 under 40
  • 269 Magazine Leader to Leader featured article
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Southwest Michigan Section- Quality of Life Award - Watervliet Water System Improvements Project - 2015
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Michigan Section-Quality of Life Award - Watervliet Water System Improvements Project - 2015
  • American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan (ACEC-MI) Award of Merit for Engineering for the Hickory Creek Interceptor Rehab - 2012
  • Southwest Michigan Planning Commission Intergovernmental Efort Award for the Lakes Area Sewer Authority Project - 2011
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Michigan Section-Quality of Life Award-Lakes Area Sewer Authority Project - 2011
  • Best Workplaces award from my office staff
  • ACEC Emerging Leaders Program Graduate
  • Southwest Michigan First First 50 Program Alumni
  • Wightman Rock Star Award

Affiliations & Memberships

  • Southwest Michigan First: First 50 Mentor
  • Southwest Michigan First Council of 100 Member
  • Uniquely You Book Launch Leader
  • Western Michigan University School of Engineering Industry Advisory Board Member
  • American Council for Engineering Companies of Michigan (ACEC-MI)
  • Michigan Township Associations (MTA)
  • American Water Works Association (AWWA)
  • Michigan Water Environment Association (MWEA)
  • Regional Prosperity Committee, Southwest & West Michigan Agribusiness Alliance

Personal Note

Alan has blended his love of water sports with his engineering skills to build his own lake. Unrelated but equally as interesting, since the age of 10 he has also been a drummer in a polka band with his father.

Alan Smaka Engineering Wightman Kalamazoo

Contact Alan Smaka

Office: 574.360.6638 Cell: 574.360.6638

Alan's Featured Projects