Meet the Team

The FK Engineering team of professionals brings a wealth of experience to every project. We are proud of the many awards and accolades we have received which is a direct reflection of our talented and dedicated team.

From our administration to engineers to interns we are passionate about what we do and look forward to new challenges.

Meet Our Leadership

Fritz Klingler, P.E.

President/Founder

Fritz Klingler founded FK Engineering Associates in 2012 after about 25 years of experience in civil engineering and underground construction. Fritz continues to manage and grow the firm while leading a number of large underground infrastructure engineering projects. In the last 20 years, Fritz has managed and directed engineering services for heavy underground civil projects with construction value exceeding $500 million.

Fritz is an active member in the engineering community having served on various professional boards including ASCE, MSPE, and the Michigan State University College of Engineering Professional Advisory Board. He has authored numerous technical papers and articles on deep foundations, tunnels, and shafts, and was named “Engineer of the Year” by the Michigan Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Fritz graduated from Michigan State University, with B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Civil Engineering, and an emphasis in Geotechnical Engineering.

Joseph Alberts, P.E.

Vice President/Project Principal

Joe Alberts joined FK Engineering in 2012 a and has more than 30 years of engineering experience focusing on construction engineering, earth retention systems, and geotechnical engineering. Joe manages large infrastructure projects such as the Detroit Windsor Tunnel Inspections and the Northwest Interceptor Emergency Repair where he was the project manager for geotechnical services. He has authored numerous articles on innovations in heavy underground engineering, including “Pipe Jacking Through Hardpan”, and innovative techniques for addressing contract risk.

Joe is an active member of the Society of Mining and Engineers (SME) and was awarded “Engineer of the Year” by ASCE Michigan Section in 2011. He is Pipeline Assessment Certification Program certified and is a FHWA National Certified Tunnel Inspector

Joe graduated from Michigan State University, with B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Civil Engineering, and an emphasis in Geotechnical Engineering.

Zachary Carr, P.E.

Vice President/Project Principal

Zach Carr joined FK Engineering in 2014 and brings over 20 years of experience in underground engineering involving investigations, designs and construction contract administration services. He has worked on numerous premiere underground projects throughout Southeast Michigan including the Gordie Howe International Bridge, Little Caesars Arena, Detroit River Interceptor, and the emergency repair of the 2016 “Fraser Sinkhole” interceptor sewer.

Zach is active in various professional organizations including serving as the current President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – Southeast Michigan Branch, as a member of the Wayne State University (WSU) Civil & Environmental Engineering Advisory Board, and the WSU Engineering Alumni Committee.

Zach earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Geology and Civil Engineering, and a Master of Science degree in Civil (Geotechnical) Engineering from Wayne State University.

Nicholas Bassett, P.E.

Senior Project Engineer

Nick is a group leader at FKE, specializing in design of tunnel linings and shafts.

Paul Wakefield, P.E.

Project Engineer

Paul has led major inspection and design tasks for such projects as the Gordie Howe Bridge P3 geotechnical investigation, the GLWA intake inspections, and the Detroit River Interceptor Rehabilitation.

Duncan McLean

Duncan McLean, P.E.

Project Engineer

Duncan is an expert in underground investigations and geotechnical instrumentation.