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Congratulations to the outstanding TSPE member's who were awarded Young Engineer of the Year at their chapter this year.

Brazos Chapter 

Drew Dudley, P.E. 

Drew Dudley is considered by his friends and colleagues to be a man of many talents. He plays many roles as a business owner, professional engineer and professor of practice.

Drew grew up watching his father build a successful construction company and spent his high school summers on construction sites where he first become fascinated with structures. Having grown up as an elite athlete, Drew has carried a strong sense of self-discipline and focus his entire life. In high school, Drew was recruited by the University of Kansas on a full football scholarship where he accumulated many accolades for both athletic and academic accomplishments. After graduating from the University of Kansas in 2011, Drew returned to his hometown of College Station, Texas where he earned his Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering from Texas A&M University.

After completing several internships during his studies, Drew began his career at Walter P Moore where he was afforded the opportunity to work on an iconic stadium renovation in his hometown – Texas A&M University’s Kyle Field. During his time there, Drew passed the grueling SE Exam, volunteered with Texas Task Force I and ACE Mentor Program, and served as an adjunct professor in the University of Houston’s College of Architecture.

In 2017, drawing inspiration from his mentors at Walter P Moore, Drew started his own structural engineering firm out of his home office. To date, Drew has expanded the firm to sixteen employees and moved the office to College Station. He continues to wear many hats while running and growing the business, although his most cherished role is teaching and mentoring his employees. Teaching is a persistent theme in his life, as he also works as a Professor of Practice at Texas A&M University’s Department of Construction Science.

Drew has earned several recognitions and awards in the engineering and local communities in the past several years including being named as a Top Young Professional by Engineering News Record Magazine and Rising Star by Civil + Structural Engineer Magazine. In 2019, Drew graduated from the Brazos Valley Chamber of Commerce “Leadership Brazos” program and developed the Brazos Valley Structural Alliance to regularly gather local structural engineers to discuss engineering and construction related topics. Drew has many professional certifications, including professional licensure in ten states and Texas Windstorm Program Appointed Qualified Inspector.

Drew lives with his daughter, Ella and wife, Anna in College Station. He enjoys spending time in the great outdoors whether exercising or reading, and frequents his family’s ranch in Iola, Texas. Drew constantly pursues opportunities to inspire passion in those around him, whether through one-on-one mentorship, teaching or personal relationships.


Central Texas Chapter 

Jacob Hinson, P.E. 

Jacob Hinson, P.E. was born and raised in Crawford, TX. He graduated from Crawford High School in 2008. In recognition of my standing in academics, leadership, and community service, he was awarded the Terry Scholarship. He began attending Texas State University in San Marcos in the Fall of 2008 as an Engineering Technology Major. In 2009, he was selected as one of the first students to enroll in the new Concrete Industry Management program at Texas State University. After the Spring of 2010, he transferred to Texas A&M University in College Station to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering and graduated in May 2013 with a BS in Civil Engineering.

Jacob began working for Walker Partners in Waco in June 2013 as an EIT, and was officially licensed as a Professional Engineer in December 2017. He has been a member of ASCE Central Texas for 7 years, serving as an officer for 2 years (currently the Treasurer). I have also been a member of TSPE Central Texas for 7 years, service as the branch MATHCOUNTS coordinator for 2 years.

He and his wife have been married since 2013, and they welcomed their first child, a daughter, in July 2018.

El Paso Chapter

 

Kimberly LaBree, P.E.

 

The El Paso Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) presented its 54th Annual Young Engineer of the Year Award to Kimberly LaBree, P.E., on February 21th of the present year. This honor serves to recognize Mrs. LaBree’s technical ability, professional achievements, and civic and humanitarian activities. Mrs. LaBree is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 2012. Mrs. LaBree is a Project Engineer for Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc., in El Paso and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas and New Mexico. Over the past 7 years, she has planned, designed and modeled over 77 miles of pipelines ranging from small distribution and collection lines to large transmission mains, including the design and management of the Village of Vinton Water and Wastewater Improvement Project. Mrs. Labree is a current member of TSPE and the current President of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Desert Mountain Chapter, while serving on AWWA committees for the last 7 years. She actively volunteers in the El Paso community and has made engineering career presentations to area public schools to promote the engineering profession. Mrs. LaBree has also made technical presentations at state conferences such as Texas Water and national conferences such as UESI Pipelines Conference. In addition to being recognized as the Young Engineer of the Year of the TSPE El Paso Chapter, Mrs. LaBree will also be nominated for the State Young Engineer of the Year Award. TSPE would like to congratulate and thank Kimberly for her dedicated service to the engineering profession, TSPE and the El Paso community.

TEXAS SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS

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Austin, TX 78768-2145

Physical Address

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Suite 260
Austin, TX 78701

Phone

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