NSPE Young Engineer of the Year Award

Deadline: January 31

This award recognizes a young NSPE member who has made outstanding contributions to the Engineering Profession and the community during the early years of one's career.

Past Recipients: See a complete list of recipients.

NSPE 2016 Young Engineer of the Year
Jason Stith, P.E., Ph.D.

Jason Stith, P.E., PhDJason Stith is a Civil Engineer at Michael Baker International. Dr. Stith obtained a Ph.D. in Structural Engineer from the University of Texas at Austin after receiving both Masters of Civil Engineering and Business Administration from the University of Kentucky. In his short career he has made significant contributions to several major bridge projects touching every stage of a bridge’s life cycle (design, construction, inspection, and maintenance). He has made significant contributions to the design of 2 separate 550 foot basket-handled network tied arches over Kentucky Lake and Lake. Additionally, he design the main structural steel members for the 320 foot replacement span on Eggner’s Ferry Bridge after its collapse due to a ship impact. His construction contributions includes his work nationally with the AASHTO/NSBA Collaboration where he chairs the steel bridge erection task group which provides best practice guidelines and industry standards. Prior to this effort, his dissertation work resulted in a user-friendly analysis tool for steel bridges during construction, UTBridge. Dr. Sitth has assisted in numerous complex long span fracture critical inspection including more than a half dozen Ohio River bridges. He was instrumental in the evaluation and developing the rehabilitation plans for the Sherman Minton Bridge (I-64 over the Ohio River in Louisville, KY). A critical crack was found in a fracture critical member during the inspection which resulted in the closure of the structure that carries more than 80,000 vehicle per day.

Dr. Stith is a 2014 graduate of Kentucky Society of Professional Engineer’s Leadership PE program and is an active member of his local KSPE chapter. Jason Stith lives in Rineyville, Kentucky with his wife Samantha Stith and their 4 children.