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Karen S. Hand, PE


Needham DBS

Karen was appointed President of Needham DBS in July 2018. She oversees the operations for the Kansas City office. With a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management, Karen has been focusing her efforts on business development, marketing and sales for the firm. Karen is currently responsible for engineering management, project management and engineering for Needham DBS. Karen began working with tilt-up construction upon joining Needham DBS. She has experience with design and detailing of specialty applications for tilt-up panels. Karen understands construction methods as a result of hands on experience and the close relationships she develops with her design-build clients and contractors.

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Contact Information

Karen S. Hand, PE
15950 College Blvd
Lenexa, KS 66219-1369 US
(913) 385-5300


Needham DBS
Join Date: September 28, 1998
Expiration Date: December 31, 2023
Primary Contact: Karen S. Hand

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David L. Kelly Distinguished Engineer Award

The David L. Kelly Distinguished Engineer Award recognizes those individuals or firms whose commitment to engineering excellence has allowed for industry advancement and achievement.



The award honors the career-long commitment of Dave Kelly to the constant evolution of engineering solutions for the tilt-up industry. Learn more >

Event Participation

Tilt-Up Convention and Expo 2023 - Tampa
September 2023 | Tampa, Florida (Attendee)

Tilt-Up Icon Tour
March 2023 | La Jolla, California (Attendee)

Tilt-Up Jubilee at Topgolf - 2023
January 2023 | Las Vegas, Nevada (Attendee)

January 2023 | Las Vegas, Nevada (Attendee)

Tilt-Up Convention and Expo 2022 - Denver
October 2022 | Denver, Colorado (Attendee)

Tilt-Up Future Think 3.0
May 2022 | Chicago, Illinois (Attendee)

Tilt-Up Jubilee at Topgolf - 2022
January 2022 | Las Vegas, Nevada (Attendee)

January 2022 | Las Vegas, Nevada (Attendee)

Tilt-Up Convention and Expo 2021 - St. Louis
September 2021 | Saint Louis, Missouri (Sponsor)

Tilt-Up Convention and Expo 2020 - Virtual
October 2020 (Attendee)

Crisis Communication
April 2020 (Attendee)

Winter Tilt-Up Jubilee - 2020
February 2020 | Las Vegas, Nevada (Attendee)

Tilt-Up Convention and Expo 2019 - Atlanta
September 2019 | Atlanta, Georgia (Attendee)

Tilt-Up Future Think 2.0
June 2019 | Denver, Colorado (Attendee)

Winter Tilt-Up Jubilee - 2019
January 2019 | Las Vegas, Nevada (Attendee)

Tilt-Up Series: ATL
November 2018 | Atlanta, Georgia (Attendee)

Tilt-Up Convention and Expo 2018 - Dallas
September 2018 | Dallas, Texas (Sponsor)

Tilt-Up Series: SoCal
June 2018 | Garden Grove, California (Attendee)

Winter Tilt-Up Jubilee - 2018
January 2018 | Las Vegas, Nevada (Attendee)

Tilt-Up Convention and Expo 2014 - San Jose
October 2014 | San Jose, California (Attendee)

Tilt-Up Convention and Expo 2012 - Amelia Island
October 2012 | Amelia Island, Florida (Attendee)

Tilt-Up Convention and Expo 2011 - Kansas City
September 2011 | Kansas City, Missouri (Exhibitor)

Committee Membership

Tilt-Up Concrete Association Board of Directors
January 2023 - Present (President)

Executive Committee
January 2023 - Present (President)

TILT Mentorship Program
September 2022 - September 2023 (Mentor)

Tilt-Up Cyber Roundtable
May 2022 - Present (Member)

Future Think 3.0 Panel
February 2022 - May 2022 (Panelist)

Executive Committee
January 2022 - December 2022 (Vice President)

Executive Committee
January 2021 - December 2021 (Vice President)

Tilt-Up Concrete Association Board of Directors
January 2021 - December 2022 (Vice President)

Tilt-Up Concrete Association Board of Directors
January 2020 - December 2020 (Secretary)

Executive Committee
January 2020 - December 2020 (Secretary)

Tilt-Up Concrete Association Board of Directors
January 2018 - December 2019 (Director)

Tilt-Up Achievement Awards Jury
January 2013 - December 2015 (Juror)


Collective Position on Temporary Construction Site Shutdown Procedures
Published April 2020 - (Contributor)

Limit Design of Tilt-Up
First Edition, 2019 - (Technical Review)

Analysis of Damage from Historic Tornado in Joplin, Missouri, U.S.A. on May 22, 2011
January 2012 - (Contributor)