Gavel Passes to Youngest President in Society History

July/August 2016

NSPE Today
Gavel Passes to Youngest President in Society History

KODI VERHALEN, P.E., ESQ., F.NSPEKODI VERHALEN, P.E., ESQ., F.NSPE, ADDRESSES THE NSPE HOUSE OF DELEGATES IN SEATTLE LAST YEAR.
CREDIT: STEVE SCHNEIDER

Kodi Verhalen, P.E., Esq., F.NSPE, was installed as NSPE’s 2016–17 president in June at the Professional Engineers Conference in Dallas. She is the youngest professional engineer and the third woman to serve as president since the Society’s founding in 1934.

Verhalen is an associate in the energy section at the law firm of Briggs and Morgan, in Minneapolis. In this position, she works with many PEs, engineers-in-training, and engineers on large energy infrastructure projects, both from a regulatory and an environmental perspective. Prior to joining Briggs and Morgan, she was an environmental engineer for a Minnesota electric utility company.

Since 2001, Verhalen has been an active member of both the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers and NSPE. As an undergraduate, she started MnSPE’s first student chapter at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. A year after graduating she was elected to the MnSPE executive committee, advancing to the position of MnSPE president in 2010. Her leadership roles with NSPE have included membership on the board of directors and House of Delegates as well as chair of the Membership Committee, the Bylaws Review Task Force, and the Position Statement and Professional Policy Development Task Force.

Her honors and awards include MnSPE’s Young Engineer of the Year and the Omega Chi Epsilon Chemical Engineering Honors Society—Beta Zeta. She was named a fellow of NSPE in 2012.

Verhalen is also active in her community, serving on the planning committee for FashionFest for the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and providing support to Community Aid Elk River. Additionally, she mentors students and young engineers on the value of engineering licensure and the importance of giving back to their profession.

She received her bachelor’s degree with honors in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and a juris doctor cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. She is licensed to practice law in Minnesota state and federal courts, and Wisconsin state courts, and is a licensed PE in Minnesota.