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Contact the Minnesota Section of ASCE

General Section Contact

Director of Communications

Ariel Christenson, PE

(651) 765-2933

Committee Leadership

Construction Committee

The Construction Committee helps arrange the September ASCE Meeting, which involves a Construction Tour of a noteworthy local construction project.  We work with the Structural Committee on this effort, to find the most interesting and appropriate project that is under construction at the time.



Mark Snyder

Engineers Without Borders

The EWB professional chapter provides pro-bono engineering services to selected communities in the developing world. Currently the professional chapter is directly supporting the design and construction a water distribution system in Honduras. In addition, professional chapter members provide mentorship services to the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and to Mankato State University student chapters.



Walter Eshenaur

Environmental/Water Resources

The environmental engineering and water resources (EEWR) committee is part of the ASCE Minnesota Section.  The EEWR committee hosts the October ASCE Minnesota Section meeting.


Brett Staeden

History & Heritage Committee

Our mission is to understand and communicate to the section our civil engineering heritage and history. We are currently active in helping the 100 year Anniversary Committee. Past activities have been articles for the newsletter, preparation of ASCE Historic Landmark designation applications, and calendars highlighting Minnesota Historic Bridges (2008) and Mississippi River Headwaters Dams (2009).


AJ Schwidder

Geotechnical Committee

The Minnesota Geotechnical Society holds monthly meetings from October through May (i.e. 8 meetings per year), and we sponsor an annual geotechnical engineering conference held through the University of Minnesota. Our monthly meetings typically consist of a social hour, followed by dinner, then a 45 – 60 minute technical talk or case history presentation. PDH forms are provided at the end. The February monthly meeting is a joint meeting with the MN Section of ASCE and is held the night before the February geotechnical conference. Proceeds from our monthly meetings and the conference go towards scholarships for civil engineering students with an interest in geomechanics or geotechnical engineering.


Joe Bentler

Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee discusses and evaluates current legislative issues at both the State and Federal level. Provides topics and speakers for section meetings, and acts as a liaison to other organizations’ legislative committees.

This committee also advises the Minnesota Section Board of Directors


Seth Spychala

Structural Committee

The ASCE Structural Committee, aka the Minnesota Chapter of SEI, has about 20 active members that meet on a monthly basis to discuss the local structural engineering industry and plan events. Those events include a fall construction tour, two technical seminars in the spring, and a scholarship that we award in April and a technical.

Karl Gaebler

Transportation Committee

The Transportation Committee holds bimonthly meetings where professionals present on a unique or innovative project impacting the local transportation community.


Darwin Yasis

Outreach Committee

Education and Outreach had previously been under the purview of the YMG, but with recent changes to our constitution and bylaws, outreach is back at the section level! Join us as we rebuild the Outreach Committee to help plan community service, classroom visits, and all of the exciting activity days that will be a part of Year of the Engineer in 2018.


Lisa Breu