Lexington native wins 2021 National Young Engineer of the Year

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Stephanie Isaac Blain Source: Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Stephanie Isaac Blain, PE, LEED AP, of Palmer Engineering, has received the 2021 National Young Engineer of the Year Award sponsored by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).

Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2007. She is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) in Building Design and Construction. Stephanie has been employed at Palmer Engineering since before graduating from UK and has worked her way up from the role of Engineering Technician to Associate Principal.

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Throughout her career, Blain has worked on various roadway, site development, utility and environmental engineering projects. She typically is involved in projects from the preliminary planning aspects through construction completion. As her experience has increased, so has her project responsibility. According to the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers, she is known as “an engineer who will take on any challenge and displays dedication, character, and a high level of ethical conduct in both her professional and personal life pursuits.”

As a Project Manager, Bain has earned the trust of clients such as Toyota, performing work for the national plant planning and engineering group at sites across the region. Her favorite projects involve environmental benefit work, improving water quality and reducing waterway pollutants.

Bain has been an active member of the Blugrass Chapter of NSPE-KY, serving as president from 2012 through 2013. She has completed three consecutive terms on the State Board of Directors for NSPE-KY as Bluegrass Region Vice President. She has served on the Lexington-Fayette County Greenspace Commission as the Business Community Representative Commissioner since 2019.

Bain has also volunteered for more than 10 years with the Mathcounts program, a middle school math competition across the nation sponsored by NSPE. Her other volunteer work includes working in her church and as an alumni mentor for many years.

The award winning engineer lives in Lexington with her husband Matt of 13 years, and their three children: Isaac, Emery, and Annabelle. Their family enjoys exploring the outdoors, working in flower gardens and watching University of Kentucky sports.