Kaitlin Hannon, P.E.

Status: Awarded
Award Type: Outstanding Civil Engineer in Community Service

Candidate Information

Name: Kaitlin Hannon, P.E.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Works
900 S. Fremont Ave., Alhambra, CA 91803

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Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, May 2010
Syracuse University, NY

Master of Public Administration, Expected August 2016
California State University, Northridge


2013-2014 LA YMF Outstanding Inspirational Officer


Kaitlin Hannon has over five years of Civil Engineering experience. She started off her career in the private sector at Kennedy/Jenks Consultants, where she worked for three years, followed by half a year at URS. While working at Kennedy/Jenks Consultants and URS, she was involved on a variety of Water, Wastewater and Environmental design and planning projects. She utilized hydraulic calculations, AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Bentley MicroStation, CulverMaster and FlowMaster, HEC-RAS, HY-8, and Microsoft Excel. In addition to design work, Kaitlin was involved in data management, reporting calculations, writing of plans and reports for clients with NPDES Permits, and a variety of research. Kaitlin has also worked on a number of Urban Water Management Plans (UWMPs), Water Use Efficiency Action Plans, annual Best Management Practice (BMP) Reports, master plans and grant preparation.

Kaitlin currently works for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (LACDPW). Her time at LACDPW has been spent in the Water Conservation Planning Section of the Water Resources Division. Kaitlin works on spreading grounds studies and improvement projects, which are very important to Los Angeles County especially in the time of a severe drought.  The projects that Kaitlin manages consist of increasing percolation and capacity, improving technology, advancing the efficiency of existing facilities, and researching additional potential locations for groundwater recharge.

1.) BIG DALTON SPREADING GROUNDS IMPROVEMENT PROJECT: Developed a project concept report and plans which proposes to improve the facility by increasing the storage capacity and percolation, increase the intake facility by installing a second intake which will allow for additional sources to be recharged, and updating fixtures with new technology which will improve efficiency.

2. EATON WASH DAM SPILLWAY ACCESS RAMP: Managed this project through final design

3. LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND POWER (LADWP): Assisted with the pipeline design and hydraulics for the replacement of a portion of the LA Aqueduct No. 1, as well as creating a 3D model and video presentation for LADWP’s Haiwee Penstock Pipeline Replacement RFP


Ms. Katilin Hannon founded the LA YMF CANstruction Chair and created the first CANstruction Committee whose members worked countless weekdays and weekends for four months to participate in CANstruction LA. On March,  2014, LA YMF participated in the CANstruction LA competition by designing and building an “In-N-Out” combo meal structure, dubbed “CANimal Style”, made entirely out of 4,096 cans of food. We created these structures out of a variety of healthy, flavorful and useful canned goods.

Ms. Hannon organized a substantial amount of fundraising efforts to help purchase the canned foods needed to construct our display.  The team self-fundraised about $2,000 with two separate Legendary Bingo Night events to purchase all of the 4,096 cans and materials required to construct our structure. Despite the challenges of selecting, buying, moving, and storing thousands of cans, Ms. Hannon and the CANstruction team’s perseverance and confidence never wavered. Hours of preparation and labor paid off once the last cans were placed on our display structure during competition day.

The CANstruction team’s ingenuity and resolve won their structure the “Best Meal” award, but the most rewarding benefit was that all the 4,096 canned goods we used were donated to the L.A. Regional Food Bank. In addition, ASCE and LA YMF also received attention from the public and informed them about ASCE organization and what we do. KTLA Channel 5 News even interviewed our Ms. Hannon, and featured LA YMF’s structure on their local news network. This is another great example of LA YMF’s successful group activity and the leadership exhibited by Ms. Hannon for she is being nominated for this award. As a result, LA YMF added a permanent CANstruction Committee on the LA YMF Board with plans to participate in this fun and rewarding community outreach event annually. Ms. Hannon is currently the CANstruction Committee Co-Chair for the second consecutive year.

The LA YMF Executive Board believes Ms. Hannon is deserving of this year’s MLAB Outstanding Younger Civil Engineer in Community Service award.  Ms. Hannon is a dedicated and exceptional Board member, and has such a positive energy that is seen by all members of the ASCE community. Through Ms. Hannon’s exemplary leadership roles, particularly as the University Outreach and CANstruction Chair, LA YMF successfully hosted an array of activities which reached out to engineers, teachers, parents, and students in the local communities. LA YMF is proud to nominate Kaitlin Hannon for this award, and is extremely fortunate that she continues to serve, and develop her leadership and professional abilities through her continued involvement on the LA YMF board.

Contribution to the Profession:

Los Angeles Younger Member Forum (LA YMF)
2011-2012: University Outreach (LA YMF)
2012-2013: University Outreach (LA YMF)
2013-2014: Community Service Co-Chair, & CANstruction Chair (new event created)
2014-2015: Community Service Co-Chair, & CANstruction Co-Chair

Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch (Branch)
2011-2012: Student Activities Committee Chair (MLAB)
2012-2013: Student Activities Committee Chair (MLAB)
2014-2015: Sustainability Committee Member (MLAB)


1.) Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition (PSBC) committee in securing the venue and working with the host university to plan advertisements, volunteers, and event logistics. The competition hosts over 200 high school students throughout the Orange and Los Angeles Counties during this day-long event.

2.) Annual Student Night and Job Fair activities such as recruiting companies to attend, placing calls for company sponsorship, and participating on the planning committee. This event consisted of a job fair with over 15 companies and 200 college students throughout the Orange and Los Angeles Counties. The job fair was followed by a banquet dinner to recognize outstanding college students with awards and scholarships

3.) Ms. Hannon has helped organized and lead various resume workshops with over hundreds of students in five universities in the Metropolitan Los Angeles area, including University of California, Los Angeles, University of Southern California, Loyola Marymount University, California State University, Los Angeles, and California State University, Northridge. 

4.) Coordinated and volunteered at 2 Habitat for Humanity events: Brush with Kindness and Chestnut Homes.

Suggested Award Summary:

Ms. Kaitlin Hannon graduated from Syracuse University, where she obtained her B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. She is a Registered Civil Engineer in the State of California and has been dedicated to ASCE since 2011. She has been actively involved with the Los Angles YMF, having previously served as University Outreach Chair, Community Outreach Chair, and CANstruction Chair. Ms. Hannon currently serves as the 2014-2015 CANstruction Co-Chair of the Los Angeles Younger Member Forum.

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