LPA Director of Civil Engineering Kathereen Shinkai Named ASCE Fellow

Prestigious honor recognizes civil engineers for innovation and contributions to the industry

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recently designated LPA Director of Civil Engineering Kathereen Shinkai, PE as an ASCE fellow, one of the industry’s highest honors.

ASCE fellows are recognized for their “celebrated contributions and creative solutions that change lives around the world.” ASCE represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries; only 3% of ASCE members are selected as fellows.

Shinkai has held various leadership positions in ASCE, including President of the Los Angeles Section and Orange County Branch. As of October 1, Shinkai started her term as the ASCE Region 9 Governor At-Large. In 2020, the Orange County Branch named Shinkai the Outstanding Land Development Engineer of the Year. She was also honored with the ASCE Los Angeles Section’s 2020 Outstanding Civil Engineer award in the Private Sector category.

“Kathereen is an incredible asset to our integrated firm and the industry at large,” LPA CEO Wendy Rogers said. “We can’t wait to see what she accomplishes next.”

At LPA, Shinkai is part of an integrated team of engineers, landscape architects, interior designers and researchers collaborating on education, civic, healthcare, sports and recreation and industrial projects. Her list of recent projects includes twin six-story administration buildings for the County of Orange, an automated parking garage for the City of West Hollywood and the Environmental Nature Center Preschool in Newport Beach, which earned an AIA National COTE Top Ten award this year, the industry’s highest award for sustainable design.

Shinkai is also a dedicated mentor and works within ASCE to share her knowledge and help young engineers grow in the profession.

“As an active member of ASCE for many years, I am honored to receive the fellow designation,” Shinkai said. “ASCE does so much for the profession globally, and I am looking forward to being part of the continued innovation and advances happening within the organization.”