YOUNG ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
Kristen J. Van Hoosier, P.E.
2023 TSPE Travis Chapter Young Engineer of the Year
Kristen J. Van Hoosier, P.E. is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where she received her B.S. in Civil Engineering with a minor in Korean. Having originally enrolled at UT to chase after her lifelong dream of becoming a doctor, Kristen changed her major twice before her older brother lovingly encouraged her to pursue a degree in civil engineering. He may have been on to something.
Kristen was born in New York and raised in an Army family. Like most military families, they moved several times throughout her life, eventually settling in Ft. Hood, Texas just months after the September 11th tragedy. After moving to Texas, Kristen’s father, an Army engineer at the time, was deployed overseas on three separate occasions for years while her mother held down the fort at home with two teens and a career of her own. With parents as devoted to their family and careers as these two, Kristen naturally pursued her dreams and passions to the fullest, graduating Salutatorian of her class in 2010 and with an associate degree from the Texas Bioscience Institute at Temple College.
Today, Kristen is a Team Lead and Associate at Cobb, Fendley, & Associates, Inc. (CobbFendley) working in their Central Texas Municipal Department, where she manages several projects and focuses on the mentorship and career development of others on her team. At CobbFendley, Kristen also participates on several regional and company-wide committees, including employee experience initiatives and the company’s Emerging Leaders program.
In addition to her work, Kristen has been involved in the Texas Section of the American Water Works Association (TAWWA) Capital Area Chapter (CAC) currently serving as the 2023 Seminar Chair; ASCE at the national level as a corresponding member of Members of Society Advancing an Inclusive Culture (MOSAIC); TSPE Travis Chapter as the current Vice President and President-Elect; TSPE state as a member of the Public Relations committee; and NSPE as a member of the New Professionals Committee. She is also currently part of PE Leadership Institute (PELI) Class 12.
Outside of her day job as an engineer, Kristen leads group fitness classes like Les Mills BODYCOMBAT and BODYPUMP at her local 24 Hour Fitness and Golds Gym a few times per week. She is passionate about helping others reach their goals through life-changing fitness experiences while building community and creating memories along the way.
In her free time, Kristen enjoys relaxing with her two sons, 4-yr old Isaac and 2-yr old Alex, baby girl Helena on the way, and super-husband Inwoo. When asked: “How do you do it all?”, her answer is always her extremely supportive husband who manages the household and encourages her to pursue her passions.
2024 YEOY Nominations
The TSPE Travis Chapter Young Engineer of the Year Award is the highest honor given to a Young TSPE member. Eligibility is restricted to engineers who are age 34 or under, graduate of an accredited engineering school, EIT or PE, and a member in good standing of TSPE and NSPE. TSPE seeks to acknowledge the recipient's technical ability, professional achievements, civic and humanitarian activities. Per tradition, the YEOY is selected by a committee consisting of five previous YEOY recipients, typically the most recent. Applications for 2024 YEOY are due January 5, 2024.