Craig Stockebrand has been selected as the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers (KSPE) 2017 Young Engineer of the Year. He will be formally recognized at the annual conference awards lunch at 11:50 am on June 15 at the DoubeTree by Hilton Hotel in Lawrence, KS. He also received the 2017 KSPE Smoky Valley Chapter Young Engineer of the Year award.
“When I started in engineering, I really had no idea what I was getting into or what it would be like,” he said. “ I just enjoyed math… that’s it. Everything I knew revolved around farming so the municipal engineering consulting world was foreign. I’ve learned so much since starting at Wilson & Company, it’s unbelievable. It is crazy to think that I also have so much more to learn.
“I just want to thank those individuals at Wilson who have mentored and taught me everything I know about the consulting world. I also want to thank those who I’ve had an opportunity to work alongside with on projects. I wouldn’t have been able to be considered for an award like this without these individuals!”
Craig has seven years of experience in engineering design focusing on water and wastewater applications. Since obtaining his Professional Engineer license in 2014, he has successfully managed several projects for municipal clients in Kansas. Craig has also been instrumental in helping his clients obtain funding for their
much needed infrastructure improvement projects. Some of his notable project experience includes water systems improvement projects for the cities of Conway Springs, Argonia, Gove, Norwich, Smith Center, and Delphos, and Twin Cities (OH), and wastewater projects for Hill City and Ellis.
Craig graduated from Kansas State University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering, a secondary major in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, and a minor in Agricultural Economics. He was involved in the Alpha Epsilon student chapter of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), and was business manager and intramural chair in FarmHouse fraternity. His team placed second in the Kansas Water Environment Association (KWEA) poster competition, and he received scholarships from the R.E. French Family Foundation.
Craig has been active in for two years in KSPE, and serves as the Young Engineers Committee Chair. He is also a member of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), Kansas Chapter.
He is involved in the First United Methodist Church, (Salina and Yates Center), and was involved in the past with Christian Challenge (Salina). He assists in every aspect of the day-to-day operations of the Stockebrand family farm in Yates Center, and in the daily operations as needed for the Triangle H Grain & Cattle in Garden City.
In his spare time, Craig enjoys pheasant, quail, dove, and coyote hunting, along with his favorite hobby, water skiing. He and his wife, Tiffany, have two daughters, Tabor and Payton.