Young Engineer of the Year


Kimberlee McKitish, P.E., LEED Green Associate has been selected by the Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council to receive the 2017 Young Engineer of the Year Award.  Kimberlee is a member of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE) and the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Central PA Chapter.  She is the Structural Department Manager at NuTec Design Associates, Inc. located in York, PA.

Kim is the daughter of Stephen and Dianne McKitish and older sister to Kathleen and Sarah.  She has a history of engineering in her family, with both her father and her sister Kathleen being mechanical engineers.  After attending high school, Kim was accepted into the Schreyer Honors College and the Architectural Engineering Program at The Pennsylvania State University.  During her summers, Kim participated in a variety of internships. She was a municipal engineer with Bursich Associates (Pottstown, PA), an engineering intern with Penn DOT, a project management intern with OnCore Construction (Bladensburg, MD), a forensics engineering intern at Wiss, Janney, Elster (Fairfax, VA), and a design intern at Rathgeber Goss (Rockville, MD).  In 2009, Kim graduated with a Bachelors and Masters of Architectural Engineering in building structures.  She also received an Engineering Mechanics Minor with a focus on non-destructive testing methods. 

Upon graduation from Penn State, Kim was hired by NuTec Design Associates in York, PA as an entry level designer.  Within her seven years at the firm, Kim has moved into the role of Structural Department Manager.  She is also a “Sustainability Expert” at her company and within this role she manages multi-discipline design teams to complete the online documentation needed to certify projects through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. She consistently works to creates projects that provide a more sustainable tomorrow for future generations.   Her main area of focus is in the design, repair, and reuse of manufacturing and industrial buildings.

Recently, Kim has started sharing her knowledge through presentations and writings.  She attended both the National Council of the Structural Engineers Association Summit and the National Society of Professional Engineers Conference where she gave a presentation on creative solutions for wood repair.  She was also published in the Architecture and Engineering Marketing Journal with an article on how to gain rapport with senior leadership and Structure Magazine, where she turned her presentation into a journal article.

Introducing young adults to engineering is one of Kim’s passions.  She is involved as a mentor with the ACE Mentoring Program in Cumberland County and is on the Steering Committee for Central PA Future City as the Mentor and Volunteer Coordinator.  For the past five years in this role, Kim matches schools with Engineering mentors to introduce students to the engineering profession.  The mentors assist students in the design process, as well as sharing their own personal experiences.  She also recruits and manages the volunteers for the competition day.    

Kim is very thankful to have an amazing support system including her family and boyfriend, her friends, and her employer.  She would like to thank them for all their encouragement and inspiration over the years.  This has been instrumental to her success and passion in the industry and it is greatly appreciated.