2023 40 Under 40: Kristen Spina, PE, LC, 40
Senior Electrical Engineer, IMEG Corp.; BS, Electrical Engineering, Iowa State University
As a child, Spina always thought she would go into veterinary science. However, looking back she can see the telltale signs of a budding interest in engineering in the number of phones and other electronics she dismantled. As an electrical engineer with IMEG, Spina has amassed experience in energy management, power distribution, lighting, voice and data cabling, fire alarm, security, CCTV and uninterruptible power supply system design. Her work has served buildings in the educational, commercial, industrial and residential spaces. According to Spina’s peers, she is a team player who has consistently provided well-researched recommendations and thoughtful feedback when taking on new challenges and helping her clients grow their organizations’ capabilities. In addition, she is passionate about helping her local community. As a leading member of IMEG’s Community Involvement Committee, Spina is tasked with allocating funds and organizing events that allow employees to support local charities. She is also an emergency foster for a nationwide animal rescue for Papillon dogs. In this role, Spina helps to transfer dogs who have been adopted or are moving to a new rescue facility. When she isn’t working or volunteering, she can be found competing in monthly agility competitions with her Border Collie, Monty, or with her two children. She is also an avid runner and has participated in five half marathons. She also finds time to be a Girl Scout troop co-leader, organizing two or three meetings each month and planning events for the troop members, including visits to Disney on Ice, Iowa State Women’s basketball games and camping outings.