Winkelmann Named KSPE Engineer of the Year
WICHITA, KS Michelle Winkelmann, PEC's Transportation Project Manager and Engineer, is named the 2016 Kansas Society of Professional Engineers (KSPE) Engineer of the Year.
Winkelmann never had a "light bulb moment" that confirmed she was destined to be an engineer. She fell into the role after realizing that she'd already taken many of the required courses to go into engineering.
She transferred from Central Community College into the engineering program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She liked it enough to eventually become a licensed professional engineer in Nebraska and Kansas.
Since joining PEC in 2015, Winkelmann has been instrumental in the Wichita North Junction Improvement project. Serving as Project Manager, Winkelmann oversees the framework for improving one of the busiest interchanges in the Wichita, Kansas, metropolitan area and in the state of Kansas - a huge responsibility.
"This project is meaningful to me because I get to do this in my own backyard and make a difference in my community," said Winkelmann.
In collaboration with the Kansas Department of Transportation, the city of Wichita, and the Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Winkelmann leads her team as they carry the concept forward through design.
"I appreciate the variety in my job and what I do. I've had the opportunity everyday to learn something new and do something different," said Winkelmann. "There's always a challenge and there always will be, because it's an ever-changing field. It's never stagnant and I'm never bored."
As a long-time member of KSPE, Winkelmann enjoys positively influencing youth by speaking to high school students about engineering.