Joseph Appelt was born in Grand Rapids. Upon graduating from Creston High School, Joe was fortunate enough to earn a scholarship which would pay the cost of tuition for him to attend the University of Michigan. This assistance permitted Joe to successfully complete his degree in Architecture and Engineering. The help that was provided to Joe instilled in him a desire to help students in the pursuit of their college aspirations. In the past, he initiated the engineering scholarship program for the Western Chapter of the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE).
Joe became a Registered Professional Engineer in four states and served as the Professional Mechanical and Electrical Consultant to over 30 Architectural, Engineering and Industrial firms on over 100 construction projects of all types and sizes.
He was awarded the “Engineer of the Year” by both the Western Chapter and by at the total state MSPE. He was later presented with the “Outstanding Engineer of the Year Award” by the MSPE Professional Engineers in Private Practice Division. Joe held many positions in MSPE up to and including State Vice President.
Joe was appointed by Governor Romney and re-appointed two times by Governor Milliken to serve on the Board of Registration for Architects, Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. As the last Chairman of the Joint Architects, Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, he assisted in organizing three separate Boards and was the first Chairman of the separate Board for Professional Engineers.