Kristina N. Low, P.E.
KPFF Consulting Engineers
Kristina N. Low, P.E., KPFF Consulting Engineers, has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Kenneth W. Porter Award in recognition of her many contributions to the education of K-12 students by showing them the exciting opportunities available in engineering. Her work with high school students began while she was a student at the University of Washington where she volunteered to mentor high school students through SAT preparation and college application.
As a professional, she has maintained her commitment to mentoring students. Some of her more prominent K-12 outreach projects have been planning and hosting the annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition on behalf of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and mentoring students participating in the Architecture/Construction/Engineering (ACE) Mentorship Program.
She has served in multiple positions for ASCE Younger Member’s Forum annual outreach program, the Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition, that is designed for high school students. She was responsible for direct coordination and advertisement of the event as an outreach coordinator for two years and as the assistant event coordinator the following year. Last year, she served as the Master of Ceremonies and invited University of Washington students to serve as mentors to the high school participants. The ACE Mentorship Program connects professionals in the design and construction industry with high school students to work through a design project through the schematic design phase. Each year since graduation, she has mentored teams of students who were interested in structural engineering and helped them develop graphics to illustrate their design concepts.