Kristen Boswell: Boswell Becomes the First Fourth-Generation Licensed PE in New Jersey

Graduation Year: 2006

Career Highlights:

  • Boswell Engineering

Civil engineer Kristen Boswell, who graduated from Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering in 2006, earned her Professional Engineer (PE) license for the State of New Jersey. She also made her family pretty proud.

Boswell is now the first fourth-generation PE in the state. Kristen’s great grandfather David C. Boswell, her grandfather Howard L. Boswell and her father Stephen T. Boswell were all licensed Professional Engineers in the State of New Jersey.

Perhaps not surprisingly, she works for her family firm – Boswell Engineering, which was founded in 1924 by Kristen’s great grandfather. The firm consistently ranks nationally among Engineering News-Record’s “Top 100 Construction Management Firms” and “Top 500 Design Firms” and among the top 10 firms in both Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering in the State of New Jersey. The firm is based in South Hackensack, New Jersey, and also has offices in White Plains and Albany, New York.

She currently divides her time between the Transportation and Municipal Departments, designing all aspects of transportation systems and managing the full spectrum of Boswell’s services with municipal clients.

To earn her license, Boswell completed her Bachelor’s degree from Duke, passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, practiced for four years under the supervision of a licensed Professional Engineer, and then passed the Principals and Practice exam and a legal exam.

Originally published Spring 2011