Kim LaBree | Photos courtesy Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc
On Friday, Kimberly LaBree, PE, was honored with the Young Engineer of the Year Award from the El Paso Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE).
The award recognizes LaBree’s technical ability, professional achievements, and civic and humanitarian activities.
A graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso, LaBree earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 2012. Currently, LaBree is a Project Engineer for Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc., (PSC) in El Paso and is licensed in Texas and New Mexico.
In the Water Resources Sector, she specializes in funding; having planned, designed and modeled over 77 miles of pipelines ranging from small six-figure grants to large multi-million-dollar projects, including the design and management of the Village of Vinton Water and Wastewater Improvement Project.
For the County-Wide Master Plan assessed the state of water and wastewater service in El Paso County with a focus on areas not served, she analyzed information such as existing and future populations, existing and future demands and flows, and distance from existing infrastructure. She identified infrastructure needs and costs, and provided plans to address these needs.
A member of TSPE, LaBree is the current President of the American Water Works Association Desert Mountain Chapter, recently featured in Texas H2O magazine.
Officials share that she actively volunteers in the El Paso community, in religious activities, tutoring youths and providing dinners for their families. She also chaired a committee to organize events as part of a first-time firmwide initiative that is an annual day of service in all PSC’s locations.
LaBree received the PSC Rising Star Award in 2017. The award recognizes excellence and achievement made by an emerging professional who is unlicensed or has been licensed for fewer than five years.
Additionally, she was on the team of the award-winning T-Bar project that helped Midland emerge from its water crisis. Among the project’s awards was the 2013 Best Projects in Texas & Louisiana “Award of Merit.”
In addition to being recognized as the Young Engineer of the Year on the El Paso level, she will also be nominated for the TSPE award on the state level.