Fluid Quip Technologies was founded on extensive experience and know-how within the corn wet milling and ethanol production industries. FQT’s engineering and technical leadership team has been developing new technologies and process solutions applicable to the biofuels and biochemical industries for more than 25 years.

FQT has industrialized multiple patented technologies geared toward enhancing the base corn-to-ethanol dry grind process, creating new and novel alternative co-products, and supplying the growing need for carbohydrate building blocks in the biochemical market.

Meet Our Team

The FQT team includes highly talented chemical and mechanical engineers with plant management/operational experience, as well as project managers with field construction expertise. Our broad knowledge base and dedication to success will help add value to your plant.

Leadership Team

John Kwik, P.E.

Managing Director

Neal Jakel

Managing Director

Michael Franko

Managing Director


Michael Morman, AIA

Managing Director

Bachelor of Architecture

  • 17 years of design and management experience in industrial, government, commercial, and education
  • Licensed Architect
  • Experienced Project Manager with projects up to $125 million in construction cost

Donna Meyer

Director of Finance

MBA, Business Management & Finance Milwaukee
B.A. – Marketing
B.A. – Mgmt Information Systems
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

  • 28 years business owner / executive financial responsibility
  • 22 years’ experience in financial management of construction and professional services organizations
  • Awarded – “Woman of Influence, Entrepreneur” – The Business Journal of Milwaukee – 2006

Rebecca Ring

Operations Manager

MBA – University of Iowa, Tippie College of Business, Iowa City, IA
B.E. Chemical Engineering

  • 12+ years of experience in food manufacturing industry
  • 3 years experience in industrial chemical processing
  • Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt Certification
  • Commercialization execution of 20+ new products to marketplace

Amy Heathman

Project Software Administrator

B.S. Business

  • 5+ Years Project Coordination Experience
  • 5+ Years Software Management Experience
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Trained
  • LEED Project Experience

Ranae Hines

Operations Coordinator

  • 2 years Procurement and Project Coordination
  • 10+ years Specialized Loan Servicing

Melissa Lathrop

Operations Coordinator

  • 25+ years Office Administration/Coordination
  • 10 years procurement in the corn and ethanol industry

Molly Johnson

Executive Assistant

  • 20 years Office Administration Experience
  • 20 years Marketing / Sales Support and Event Coordination

Josey Swanson


  • 12 Years Business Development
  • 13 Years Data Management
  • 9 Years Project Controller
  • 9 Years Operation Management


Tim Bauer

General Manager – Growth Ventures

B.S. Chemical Engineering

  • 17+ years of engineering, operations, and business management experience in value-added food ingredients
  • Led specialty ingredient product lines with a topline exceeding $300MM
  • Expertise in strategy development, corporate development, new product commercialization, and business case development for large capital investments

Peter Williams, Ph.D.

Lead Nutritionist BSc: MSc: PhD. FWIRS

PhD in Nutrition Physiology

  • 30+ years animal nutrition and physiology experience
  • Past president of the British Society of Animal Science
  • Emeritus Professor at top 20 UK University
  • R&D Director in top 3 International feed additive company
  • Senior project manager in leading international crop bioscience company

Don Cannon, Ph.D.

Technical Services Manager

Ph.D. Chemistry

  • 25+ years of Analytical Chemistry experience
  • Director of Quality – managed food safety laboratory in natural products industry
  • Application Scientist for enzyme company – fermentation residuals / yeast metabolism / accessory enzyme development
  • Former Assistant Professor with interests in educating / inspiring science and engineering professionals

Jeff Robert

Director – Technology Deployment

B.S. Chemical Engineering

  • 25+ years of experience in biochemical, ethanol, and ag processing industries
  • 10+ years of experience in business advisory roles
  • 20+ years with the Pillsbury Company (various roles)
  • G.M. of a Fuel Ethanol Facility

Chris Kempf

R&D Lead

B.S. Chemical Engineering

  • 10 years corn wet milling experience – Engineering management, process and project engineering, R&D
  • 9 years yeast manufacturing experience – Engineering and maintenance management, project engineering

Process Engineers

Michael Hora

Principal Engineer

B.S. Chemical Engineering

  • 5 Years Corn Wet Milling/Syrup Refinery Experience
  • 8 Years Oilseed Process and Industrial Vegetable Oil Modification/Commercialization Experience
  • 4 Years Ethanol/Protein Design Experience
  • Led multiple capital project expansions in soy protein modification and oil extraction
  • Holds 3 Patents for Vegetable Oil Modification

Ken Williamson

Lead Senior Process Engineer

B.S. in Chemical Engineering

  • 10+ years of corn wet mill process engineering experience
  • Managed production of ethanol in corn wet mill for 2 years

Scott Crawford

Lead Senior Process Engineer

B.S. Chemical Engineering

  • 30+ years experience in corn wet milling, ethanol, dextrose, and chemical processing
  • 30+ year experience in project engineer and production manager roles
  • Team member of multiple $45MM+ projects

Ashley Powell

Lead Senior Process Engineer

B.S. Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

  • 12 years experience in corn wet milling and dry grind facilities
  • Engineering experience with ethanol, sweeteners, and starch projects
  • Team member of multiple $85MM+ projects

Brian Runge

Senior Process Engineer

B.S. Chemical engineering

  • 14 Years Corn Wet Milling experience
  • 11 years Project Engineering experience
  • 5 years enzyme manufacturing experience
  • 6 years pulp and paper experience

Aaron Rud

Senior Process Engineer

B.S. Chemical Engineering

  • 14 Years Ag Processing operations and processing experience
  • Team member of multiple $20MM+ projects
  • Corn Wet Milling and Anhydrous Ammonia Experience

Doug Roush

QA/QC Process Engineer

B.S. Chemical Engineering
B.A. Engineering Science

  • 14 years chemical, oil and gas experience
  • Process Systems Design

Collin Peterson

Process Engineer

B.S. Chemical Engineering

  • 6 Years Industry Experience in Corn Wet Milling
  • Background in Process Engineering / Project Management / Operations
  • Process Hazard Analysis Lead Experience and Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt Certification
Ezequiel Magnani

Ezequiel Magnani

FQT South America

Process Engineer

B.S. Chemical Engineering

  • 6 years Ethanol Process Engineering Experience
  • 2 years Biodiesel / Industrial Vegetable Oil Derivatives Experience
  • Team Leader of new processes development department

Abdi Yussuf

Process Engineer

B.S. Chemical Engineering

  • 2.5 years in soybean oil refining
  • Food safety, process engineering, project management, and plant operations experience
  • Experience in flexographic printing, pharmaceutical startup, and petroleum oil refining
  • Food safety and preventative control qualified individual (PCQI)
Mariano Basso

Mariano Basso

FQT South America

Process Engineer

B.S. in Chemical Engineering

  • 6 years Ethanol Process Engineering Experience
  • 2 years Biodiesel/Industrial Vegetable Oil Derivatives Experience
  • Multiple startup and optimization projects

Grant Mathis

Process Engineer

B.S. Chemical Engineering

  • 4 Years Process engineering, project management, and plant operations in Corn Wet Milling
  • 3 Years Continuous Improvement & Production Excellence in Soy Processing
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Human & Organizational Performance Advocate

Project Engineers

Jim Krokey

Field Engineering Manager

B.S. Mechanical Engineering

  • 6 years in FQT technology site project engineering & management experience
  • Project Engineer for UWGP MSC Project
  • Project Manager for FHR Fairmont MSC Project
  • Production Supervisor automotive assembly lines

Emily Fields

Lead Commissioning / Construction Estimator

B.S. Chemical Engineering

  • 2 years of project management / commissioning experience

Tim Sippy

Senior Project Engineer

  • 30+ Years experience in project engineering
  • 30+ Years experience in food manufacturing industry
  • 16+ Years experience in Corn Milling (Wet and Dry)

Clint Downey

Project Engineer

B.S. Mechanical Engineering

  • 4 years wet corn milling experience in the mill/feedhouse
  • Worked on multiple commissioning/startup projects upgrading existing instrumentation and control systems
  • Site engineer for the MSC project
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Nate Bunger

Project Engineer

B.S. Mechanical Engineering

  • 5 years Power Systems / Project Planning Experience

Tyler Lind

Project Engineer

B.S. Chemical Engineering

  • 3 Years dry grind corn ethanol experience

Colton Allen

Assistant Construction Manager

  • 3 years operation management
  • 3 years project planning
  • 2 years process coordination

Project Managers

Jeremy Droeszler

Senior Project Manager

B.S. Industrial Technology Management

  • 15 years of experience in development and construction project management

Victor Grille, P.E., PMP

Senior Project Manager

B.S. Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

  • 22 years of experience developing, engineering and constructing Industrial Facilities and Power plants, including renewable and conventional energy
  • Project Director in leading international EPC contractor, managing projects up to $650 million
  • 7 years of experience in Advanced Biofuels leading the Engineering and construction of first of its kind plants

Jake Fichter

Senior Project Manager

  • Certified project manager
  • 20+ years of international subsea oil and gas industry experience
  • 10 years project management for high profile technical subsea pipeline construction projects

Stephaney Parks

Senior Project Manager

B.S. Systems Engineering

  • 8 years project management

Project Coordinators

Jennifer Denhof

Project Coordinator

Certification – I.L.E.A (Iowa Law Enforcement Academy)
Certification – M.D.O.C (Michigan Department of Corrections)

  • 5 years of experience in electrical contracting/project management
  • 6 years state certified correctional officer
  • 12 years’ experience of correctional administration

Connie Riopelle

Project Coordinator

  • 16 years data management experience
  • 11 years office administration experience

Gail Shrope

Site Project Coordinator

  • 4 years of Project Coordination Experience


Eric Roberts

Principal Designer

  • 22 years 3D Design experience
  • 6 Years of experience in mechanical equipment fab
  • Pharma, Chemical, & Petrochemical design experience

Kevin Layton


B.S. Industrial Technology

  • 20 years CAD experience
  • 13 years 3D Piping & Mechanical design
  • Upstream/Downstream Oil & Gas, Pharma, Chemical, Architectural, & Electrical design experience

Dillan Clem


  • 5 years CAD based programs experience
  • Design and layout of new technologies
  • Completing Mechanical Engineering coursework

Chris Frank


  • 19 years of design experience
  • Mechanical, Electrical, Piping/Plumbing, Civil and Waste Water Piping design experience

Violet Kelly


  • AAS Mechanical Drafting & Design Technology
  • 23 years 3D Mechanical Design experience
  • 23 years Technical Writing experience
  • 14 years Project Management and Prototype Design
  • 2+ years in Piping Design

Ross Pinkney


  • Associate of Drafting Technology
  • 11 years of CAD experience
  • 10 years 3D Piping & Mechanical design
  • Upstream/Downstream Oil & Gas, and Marine Design experience

Deven Bottiaux


  • 7+ years Piping and Mechanical experience
  • 8 years 3D Design experience
  • Oil & Gas, Chemical, Architectural, and Structural Design background

Jimmie Releford


  • 5+ years of design experience
  • Experience in Pipeline Design and GPS mapping

Jason Kauffmann

CAD Technician

  • Associates degree in engineering technology
  • 1 year CAD based program experience

Taylor Peterson


B.S. Agriculture Systems Technology

  • 2 years CAD based programs experience
  • Equipment design / analysis

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