Karpinski Engineering Adds Two Principals to Leadership Team

Jun 30, 2021

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Karpinski Engineering has added two principals to its leadership team. Douglas A. Barnes, PE, and Matthew D. Morgan, PE, LEED AP BD+C, have been promoted.

“Doug and Matt embrace the values of Karpinski Engineering,” said Karpinski President James T. Cicero, PE, LEED AP. “They both give 100% to support our clients and their projects. They think about how they can make other people more successful.”

At Karpinski, principals are responsible for the strategic vision, business development, operations, financial wellbeing, and general management of the five-office firm. They also remain active on projects, engaging with clients and providing engineering leadership.

Douglas A. Barnes, PE

Douglas A. Barnes
Douglas A. Barnes

Doug Barnes is a leader in Karpinski’s Pittsburgh office. In addition to managing and designing projects, he mentors staff and serves as the firm’s Quality Process facilitator.

“Doug sets the bar from an engineering perspective,” said Cicero. “He also makes other people more effective through mentoring, training, and guiding them through projects.”

Barnes started at Karpinski as a college intern in 2001, then joined the firm fulltime after graduation. He relocated to the Pittsburgh office when it opened in 2015.

As a mechanical engineer, Barnes specializes in healthcare and laboratory projects. He has partnered with healthcare institutions to deliver design solutions for complex projects.

“Doug has done some of the most complicated phasing of medical gas that I’ve ever seen,” said Principal and Director of Pittsburgh Operations James Dudt, PE, LEED AP BD+C. “Things that the people running the facility said couldn’t be done.”

Barnes earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Grove City College and is a registered Professional Engineer. He is a member of ASHRAE, a Corresponding Member of ASHRAE’s Technical Committee 9.6 Healthcare Facilities, the Chapter Technology Transfer Committee Chair for the ASHRAE Pittsburgh Chapter, and a Past President of the ASHRAE Cleveland Chapter.

Outside the office, Barnes serves as the Cubmaster for Scout Pack 1305 and on the committee for Boy Scout Troop 1305. His three oldest sons are all members of “the Mighty 1305.”

Matthew D. Morgan, PE, LEED AP BD+C

Matthew D. Morgan
Matthew D. Morgan

Matt Morgan is a leader in the firm’s mechanical engineering department. He has a passion for mentoring and teaching Karpinski’s staff, and he excels at connecting with the people he works with.

Cicero praised Morgan for the way he develops strong relationships with both colleagues and clients.

“His empathy for others is through the roof, and I think that’s what makes him such a great person and coworker,” said Cicero.

Like Barnes, Morgan focuses on the healthcare and laboratory sector, with projects ranging from outpatient facilities to reference labs to major infrastructure renovations.

Morgan joined Karpinski in 2004. He learned about the firm during a chance encounter with now-retired Karpinski Principal Dennis Wessel, PE, FASHRAE. Morgan was flying home to Cleveland after a summer internship, and he happened to be seated next to Wessel. The two struck up a conversation and Wessel handed Morgan his business card. Morgan joined Karpinski after graduating from college, fell in love with the industry and Karpinski, and has never looked back.

Morgan earned his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and is a registered Professional Engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional. He is a member of ASHRAE, ASHE, NOSHE, and Cogence Emerging Leaders, as well as a Past President of the ASHRAE Cleveland Chapter.

Morgan coaches ice hockey for the Rocky River Mite Hockey Program and baseball for the Westlake Recreation Boys Baseball League.

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