Kam Movassaghi, PhD, P.E.
As President of Fenstermaker, Kam Movassaghi is responsible for providing innovative, strong leadership to establish long-term goals, plans, and policies for Fenstermaker in accordance with Board directives and our corporation charter. Since his arrival in 2005, Dr. Movassaghi has guided the company through a complete reorganization to maximize our opportunities during a period of rapid growth. With a professional career spanning over 40 years of industrial, academic, and public service, he brings a broad range of expertise in engineering, business, and management.
An energetic and dedicated leader, Dr. Movassaghi is a former Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LA DOTD). Appointed to that position in December 1998, he remained in that post for six years. During that time, he led a staff of 5,300 people and managed a budget of $1.3 billion. His major achievements include a 78% increase in the annual construction project letting with no net increase in annual revenues. Dr. Movassaghi also planned and implemented a comprehensive management and financial structure to expedite the completion of a 30-year, $3.5 billion statewide highway construction program (TIMED program) in less than 10 years. This was the single largest construction program in the history of LA DOTD.
Dr. Movassaghi remains involved and supportive of his profession and the community through leading and participating in numerous organizations. Invested in local commerce, he is active in the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and led as the past Chair of 2009. In 2013, he will return to serve on its Board of Directors. He is also an active member of AASHTO, having served as their President and Chair of the Design Subcommittee and Standing Committee on Research. A lifetime member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Dr. Movassaghi was inducted as an ASCE Fellow, the organization’s second highest membership grade, and most recently received their Francis Turner Award for his contributions to the engineering community. Once the Civil Engineering Department Head at the University of Louisiana (UL Lafayette), he remains committed to his community and higher education by serving on his Alma Mater’s Civil Engineering Advisory Board.
He also served on the Transportation Research Board's (TRB) Executive Committee for several years.