Distinguished Alumni Award

2012: Karl Huffman

Karl Huffman

College of Engineering Technology
HVACR Engineering Technology and Energy Management

Karl Huffman is president of Hedrick Associates in Grand Rapids, Mich. Huffman has been deeply involved in professional activities since his days as a student. He served as president of Ferris’ American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers Student Chapter, and has continued to be an ASHRAE member throughout his career, including service as regional seminar chairman from 1990-94.

Huffman has maintained close ties to his alma mater since his graduation in 1986. He has been a Ferris alumni supporter for Homecoming and the Ferris Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration gathering since 1990, and also is an advisory board member for the HVACR program. A generous supporter of Ferris State University, Huffman also established Ferris’ Hedrick Associates HVACR Scholarship and the Huffman Family HVACR Scholarship.

Huffman became a partner of Hedrick Associates in 1992 and rose to be the company’s president in 2007. During this time, Hedrick Associates has grown from about one million in sales in 1986 to 15-20 million in sales in 2012. In addition, 10 of the 16 employees at the company are Ferris graduates.