Kelly Ambrose, P.E.

2021 Young Engineer of the Year

Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware (UD) in May 2010 graduating Summa Cum Laude and as an Alumni Distinguished Scholar. Kelly continued her studies at UD and received her master’s degree in Civil Engineering with a Structural Emphasis in May 2012. During her undergraduate time at UD, Kelly worked as a grader for multiple Civil Engineering classes, participated in a Research Fellowship, worked as a Teaching Assistant during a Study Abroad Program in Australia, and was an active participant in the Engineers without Borders program. While earning her master’s degree, Kelly served as a Teaching Assistant for the Structural Design course and completed her graduate research with her Thesis “Cross-frame Forces in Skewed Steel I-Girder Bridges” in coordination with UD and DelDOT.


Upon graduation from UD in 2012, Kelly joined Whitman, Requardt and Associates (WRA) in Baltimore, Maryland, where she currently works as a Project Engineer in the Bridge Department. During her time at WRA, Kelly has become a Registered Professional Engineer in Maryland, Delaware, and West Virginia, and has assisted with the design of multiple notable projects including the MdTA I-895 Canton Viaduct and the DelDOT I-95 Wilmington Viaduct.  In Kelly’s nine years at WRA she has gained a broad range of experience in structural design related to transportation projects including bridges, culverts, retaining walls, and traffic structures. In addition to her design experience, Kelly has gained significant experience in the inspection of structures, and is currently managing a biannual inspection program for a valued client. Kelly strongly values producing quality deliverables while ensuring deadlines are met and client’s expectations are exceeded, and often volunteers her nights and weekends for structural inspections to accommodate client’s inspection schedules and traffic requirements. Beyond her professional duties at WRA, Kelly values being a mentor and providing direction for young engineers beginning their careers at WRA including attending multiple career fairs, she also manages the WRA Cornhole Tournament, is an active participant in the WRA softball team, and represents WRA as an Oyster Gardener for the Great Baltimore Oyster Partnership.


Outside of her career at WRA,  Kelly has a longstanding commitment to the ASCE Maryland Section where she currently serves as Vice President. Kelly has been an active member of the ASCE Maryland Section Younger Member group since relocating to Baltimore in 2012 where she has been actively involved in organizing social and volunteering events, including volunteering as a Future Cities Competition Judge at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. She has previously served as the co-chair of the Younger Member Group and became a Younger Member appointed Director on the Board in 2015. Kelly has represented the ASCE Maryland Section at the Eastern Regional Younger Member Council (ERYMC) conferences in both Miami and Pittsburgh, and has attended the Younger Member Leadership Forum (YMLS) at the ASCE Headquarters in Reston, Virginia.  In the past several years Kelly has continued to serve as a Director and as Secretary, and will accept the position of the President of the ASCE Maryland Section in September.


When Kelly is not devoting her time to her career or her volunteer and community service efforts, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and her dog “Duke”. Kelly is an avid traveler, outdoor enthusiast, and a devoted UD Blue Hen and Baltimore Ravens Fan.


Kelly has continually demonstrated her extraordinary dedication to the Civil Engineering profession, including her outstanding achievements at UD, her continual hard work and enthusiasm for success at WRA, and her on-going commitment to the ASCE Maryland Section.