From left to right: Arshia Mirmiran, John Spearman, VP, Shock Trauma Center, Farideh Mirmiran and Fred F. Mirmiran.
The president and chief executive officer of Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, a Baltimore County-based civil engineering firm, is donating $1 million to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The gift by Fred F. Mirmiran is one of the largest single donations to the internationally recognized trauma center, which treats more than 7,000 critically injured patients each year.
"We are very grateful to Fred Mirmiran for his extraordinarily generous gift, which will play a significant role in helping us to fulfill our mission of saving lives. We cannot thank him enough for his support of the Shock Trauma Center," says Thomas M. Scalea, M.D., physician-in-chief of the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and director of the program in trauma at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
"We all have to help. I believe that it is our obligation to do what we can to make life better for our fellow human beings," says Mr. Mirmiran, 64, of Sparks, Md., adding that he owes a debt of gratitude to God and his adopted homeland. Mr. Mirmiran immigrated to the United States from Iran in 1959 and credits his success to hard work and following his conscience. He has lived in the Baltimore area since 1968.
"I couldn't find a better organization to support than Shock Trauma. I have seen firsthand the amazing work being done by the doctors and nurses at Shock Trauma, and my thanks go to them. They work around the clock, giving of themselves, giving of their personal lives. To me, they are the ones who are heroes," Mr. Mirmiran says. He has been a member of Shock Trauma's Board of Visitors for the past two years.
In addition, Mr. Mirmiran serves on the boards of Morgan State University, Towson State University, St. Joseph Medical Center and the Maryland Food Bank. He and his company support a number of charitable causes and contributed to last year's relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the tsunami in Southeast Asia. Last fall, Mr. Mirmiran was named philanthropist of the year by the Maryland chapter of the American Red Cross.
His company, Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson (JMT), is a full-service civil engineering company with corporate headquarters in Sparks, Md. The company has 10 offices in six states: Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Florida. JMT, which employs 460 people, has completed more than 4,000 transportation, wastewater, school and construction management projects.
The company ranks No. 155 on Engineering News-Record's list of the top 500 design firms in the United States. It was recently named one of the top 50 "best civil engineering firms to work for" in a competition sponsored by CE News magazine.
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