Katelyn Welch, PE has been selected by a jury of her peers from New Hampshire’s engineering societies as the 2024 New Hampshire Young Engineer of the Year. This distinguished award will be presented February 22 at the annual Engineers’ Week banquet in Concord, New Hampshire. Katie was nominated by Structural Engineers of New Hampshire (SENH) based on her record of professional accomplishments, service to the profession and promoting engineering and volunteer activities in the community.
Katie completed both her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of New Hampshire, earning a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering. While a student at UNH she was an active participant in SENH as well as the student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. Katie has been an active member of SENH since 2015 and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Professional Development Committee – a role she has held for the last four years.
Katie began her career with Hoyle Tanner & Associates, Inc. as an intern in 2015 and has rapidly advanced her career to her current role as Structural Engineer. She has been a driving force behind many successful projects, having tackled any task asked of her from bridge design calculations, roadway design calculations, load ratings, quantification and estimation, construction administration and inspection, shop drawing review, and CADD drafting for municipal and state agency bridge projects. Beyond her design and technical efforts, Katie also leads numerous projects in the stakeholder engagement process to ensure smooth transition from design through the construction phase of many projects. Throughout her career progression, Katie continues to serve as a mentor to many interns and entry level employees beginning their career in the field of engineering.
Building on her commitment to the industry, Katie uses her passion for engineering to inspire young minds to explore STEM studies and careers. She does this through volunteer efforts with middle school students at the Manchester Community College’s STEM Camp using hands-on learning to help students understand civil engineering as a career. She has also served as a mentor through the University of New Hampshire’s capstone program – a year-long culminating experience where civil and environmental engineering students collaborate on a “real world” design project and present it before graduating.
Outside of work and professional activities, Katie loves spending time with family, snowboarding in the winter, and being on Lake Winnipesaukee in the summer.
Hoyle Tanner is an engineering firm based in Manchester, New Hampshire, with a strong presence across the Northeast including regional offices in five New England communities and a southern office in Oviedo, Florida. Since 1973, we have completed nearly 13,000 engineering projects across a variety of specialties, including hundreds of municipal, state, and private bridge projects. Among our 100+ person staff we have a full-time team of engineers, planners, technicians, and specialty personnel dedicated to each facet of bridge design, engineering, and maintenance.