TSPE Dallas Young Engineer of the Year Awards


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Kori McKenzie, EIT, CFM

2020 Young Engineer of the Year Recipient

The daughter of a United States Marine and an Irish immigrant, Kori McKenzie was the first in her family to pursue a college degree. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida in 2014, Kori relocated to Texas and has been proud to call Dallas home ever since.

In pursuit of her PE License, Kori has committed herself to upholding the mission of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers - to promote and enhance the profession and licensed practice of engineering. Since becoming a member of the Dallas Chapter, Kori has served on nearly every committee required to keep the chapter running smoothly. From volunteering at the registration table to chairing committees for the Board of Directors, she is the first to raise her hand when a task needs completing or there is coordination to be done.

Her early career centered around the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Flood Insurance Program; she developed hydraulic and hydrologic models in support of floodplain mapping for rural Texas watersheds. After several years of using computer software to model the world as it is, Kori developed a desire to change her surroundings through design. In her current role, Kori is applying her drainage expertise to federal site development projects at Jacobs, where she has a hand in shaping the function of United States military installations around the globe. Ultimately, Kori aspires to be an expert in site redevelopment and un-development; her goal is to repurpose developed sites, so they better serve the surrounding communities.

In the meantime, Kori is attempting to better her own community through volunteerism. Her favorite way to give back is to encourage elementary and middle school students to pursue careers in STEM. Kori has hosted several ‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day’ events and supports the National Youth Leadership Forum’s ‘Explore STEM Summer Program’ by volunteering as a panelist at the University of Texas Dallas installation. She has taken a special interest in encouraging young women to join the profession and is currently working to strengthen the partnership between Jacobs and Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas. By sharing her experiences as a woman in engineering and engaging the girls in fun engineering activities, Kori hopes to inspire the next generation of female engineers at Girls Inc. She also serves as the Communications Chair for the Friends of the Park Forest Library, where she creates and publishes a monthly newsletter to encourage involvement in and to raise additional funds for Dallas Public Library programming.”



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Previous Recipients

Year Young Engineer of the Year Year Young Engineer of the Year
2019 Mathew L. Busby, PE 2018 Matt Clark, PE
2017 James T. Morris, PE, MBA, MSE 2016 Adrianna Vandercook, PE
2015 Ardita Dushi, PE, APM 2014 Marc Sandhu, PE
2013 Miles Taylor Bullion, EIT, CFM 2012 Jennifer M. LaFoy, PE
2011 Jack Young, EIT, CFM 2010 Guy R. Bradley, PE
2009 Noelle Gaspard, PE, CFM, GISP 2008 Jessica D. Baker, PE, CFM, PMP
2007 Ignacio N. Herrera, PE 2006 Amy Kohls Buehler, PE, SE
2005 Athena Bolton, EI 2004 Payam Khashaee, EIT
2003 Faisal S. Syed, PE, PTOE 2002 Tom O. Grady, PE
2001 Rachel R. Hayden, PE 2000 Jeffrey S. Ground, PE
1999 Kimberlie W. Brasher, PE 1998 Kyle W. Stuckly, PE
1997 Monica Kelley, PE 1996 James Scott Young, PE
1995 Susan R. White, PE 1994 Terry W. Mitchell, PE
1993 Jean Blakney Maier, PE 1992 Gary C. Hendricks, PE
1991 David M. Schnurbusch, PE 1990 Mary E. Larko Nix, PE
1989 John W. Birkhoff, PE 1988 John R. Aughinbaugh, PE
1987 Saad M. Hineidi, PE 1986 Douglas K. Showers, PE
1985 Michael E. Grider, PE 1984 Ronald F. Reed, PE
1983 James L. Bell, PE 1982 Nathan D. Maier, PE
1981 Dudley H. Watson, PE 1980 Ronald V. Conway, PE
1979 George W. Perdue, PE 1978 Robert Lee Ewing
1977 Gerald J. Kettler 1976 Paul A. Lipscomb, PE
1974 Robert S. Patton, Jr., PE 1973 Henry Benjes, Jr., PE
1971 James T. Rankin, PE 1967 Glenn D. Houser