Kodi Jean Verhalen, P.E., Esq., F.NSPE served as NSPE President in 2016-2017, the youngest Professional Engineer and only the third woman to advance in this position since the Society’s founding in 1934.
Ms. Verhalen is an associate in the Energy Section at the law firm of Briggs where she works with many Professional Engineers, Engineers-in-Training, and engineers on large energy infrastructure projects both from a regulatory and an environmental perspective. Prior to joining Briggs, she was an environmental engineer for a Minnesota electric utility company.
Since 2001 she has been an active member of both the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers (MnSPE) and NSPE. She started MnSPE’s first student chapter at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. A year after college graduation 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, chairman of the Membership Committee, the Bylaws Review Task Force, and the Position Statement and Professional Policy Development Task Force.
Honors and awards include MnSPE’s Young Engineer of the Year and the Omega Chi Epsilon Chemical Engineering Honors Society—Beta Zeta. In 2012 she was named a Fellow of NSPE.
In addition to professional organizations, Ms. Verhalen is also active in her community serving on the planning committee for FashionFest for University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and providing support to Community Aid Elk River.
Ms. Verhalen received a BS 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 Professional Engineer in Minnesota.
She continues to mentor students and young engineers on the value of engineering licensure and the importance of giving back to their profession.