The announcement came in front of hundreds of Twin Cities engineers. As Katie Hulet stood to receive the Outstanding Engineer Award, she reflected mentally on her 11-year path at MISO.
“It all began with an internship,” she recalls. “Coming out of engineering school at Iowa State, MISO was the only internship I had – and it was the only job I really wanted.”
Katie received the IEEE Power and Engineering Society Twin Cities Outstanding Engineer Award in November during the Minnesota Power Systems Conference. The award came as a surprise to Katie, who was nominated by MISO colleague Kojo Sefah.
“It was a tremendous honor,” Katie says. “It was a different experience for me to stand up in front of hundreds of people – but it was a proud moment, for sure.”
Katie first learned about MISO as part of her college courses. She pursued an internship the summer before graduation and was soon hooked.
“The intern experience – the people and the opportunities – really drew me to MISO,” she explains. “I got to see a little bit of everything.”
Since then, Katie has had the opportunity to work in both Carmel and Eagan in a variety of engineering roles. She started in a control room training program in Operations. Over time, she explored the planning side of the business and enjoyed the work.
Katie is currently a senior engineer in Resource Planning and Transmission Studies – responsible for leading MISO’s coordinated seasonal assessments.
“We perform seasonal assessments across the footprint – making sure transmission is ready, reliable and stable for the upcoming season.”
Her supervisor, Laura Rauch, said the recognition came as no surprise to Katie’s colleagues.
“The MISO team is so pleased that Katie has been recognized for her knowledge and skill by her peers across the Twin Cities region,” stated Rauch, director of Resource Planning and Transmission Studies. “Katie is a true professional who brings talent and passion to her role every day. In her decade of service at MISO, she’s earned the respect of her colleagues at work and across in the industry – and I’m proud to be part of her team.”
In addition to Katie’s day-to-day work on transmission studies, she is passionate about supporting the growth of her profession – and often helps recruit young engineers at her alma mater.
“I want to help others in this field have the same opportunities I’ve had,” she says. “I want to help uplift the next generation of engineers.”