Mar 16, 2015

Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers Names Young Engineer of the Year

Kristi Schnell, P.E., was honored for her professional contributions and industry leadership

Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers Kristi Schnell, P.E.

Gresham, Smith and Partners (GS&P), announced that Kristi Schnell, P.E., has received the Young Engineer of the Year award from the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) Nashville chapter. The award recognizes the region’s most outstanding engineer based on professional achievements, industry leadership and civic involvement. Schnell is a senior associate and senior engineer in GS&P’s Water Resources market with more than 10 years of experience in water and wastewater facilities planning, design and construction. She was presented with the award at the 2015 Middle Tennessee All Engineers Banquet held Feb. 27 at Nashville’s Music City Center.

“Kristi’s resume runs off the page with project successes, leadership positions and volunteer work that are making a substantial mark on her industry and the communities she serves. She possesses extraordinary ambition and a remarkable work ethic that fuel the contributions she continues to make to the engineering field. Kristi is a reliable consultant for GS&P’s clients, a mentor to her colleagues, and a regular speaker at technical conferences around the country, on top of a being a dedicated supporter of several local nonprofit organizations. She is an exceptional professional and I’m very proud she’s been recognized by TSPE as their Young Engineer of the Year,” said Joe Whitson, P.E., executive vice president at GS&P.

Schnell began her career at GS&P as a civil engineer in 2005. During her time at the firm, she has assisted with the design of the 17th Street and London Avenue Canal Pumping Station in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, and provided services related to the restoration of Nashville's K.R. Harrington Water Treatment Plant after the city's historic May 2010 flood. She also has served as project manager for two wastewater treatment plant upgrades and expansions in Guam and provided engineering services for the thermal dryer project for Bowling Green Municipal Utilities in Kentucky. Schnell is currently on the team to master plan a 127-acre site for the future needs of Nashville Metro Water Services.

Schnell was a top-five 2014 Nashville Emerging Leader Awards finalist, a top-five finalist in the National Society of Professional Engineer's "2012 New Faces of Engineering" recognition program, and a 2011 graduate of the Young Leaders Council Program. She is active with numerous engineering-industry organizations including TSPE and the Water Environment Federation. She previously served as TSPE’s Nashville Chapter State Director in 2013-2014 and as the Nashville Chapter President in 2012-2013, among other leadership roles. Outside of the office, Schnell volunteers with the Fannie Battle Day Home for Children,  Nashville’s MATHCOUNTS program, and educational outreach programs for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and Engineers Week.