“One of the most satisfying professional compliments I received was when we were wrapping up a project, and someone on the client team said, ‘Thank you for always having our best interest at heart.’ Figuring out what a client needs and solving the engineering challenge always starts with a genuine personal connection. That is something I have always enjoyed.”
Ken Meschke started at AEI right out of school, in our Gainesville office. There, he quickly developed the technical and project management skills that are the foundation of his work. Transferring to Madison, Ken became a principal, providing ongoing project leadership as well as managing internal operations. This part of his job involves empowering staff to grow professionally, helping to create a culture of openness, and fostering a sense of entrepreneurship in the office.
Actively engaged in the execution of projects, Ken leads teams designing many of the firm’s large-scale research and manufacturing facilities with federal government, research, and pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients. Recently, he completed the one-million-square-foot plasma protein manufacturing campus in Georgia for the Shire and the 400,000-square-foot research institute for the Qatar Foundation in Doha. Currently, Ken is managing engineering for a new Cellular Dynamics International facility. Due to his experience meeting demanding FDA guidelines for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, he is knowledgeable about various agency design and construction guidelines and quality control protocols. He has completed multiple projects with BIPI, BIVI, Illumina, Johnson & Johnson, MilliporeSigma, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.