Board of Directors
The Board of Directors (BOD) is responsible for the overall leadership, guidance and direction of MSES. The Officers of MSES include a President, Vice-President and a Secretary-Treasurer. These Officers are elected to one year terms and progressively move through the hierarchy of positions. The full Board of Directors includes the President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer and the Past-Presidents of the two preceding years. Elections are held every January, with the new officers to take office after the Annual Meeting in February. As of February 10, 2017 the 2017-2018 Officers are:

President Mitch Rasmussen, PE is the Assistant Commissioner-State Aid Division of the Minnesota Department of Transportation.  Before that he was the Scott County Public Works Director/County Engineer for over nine years.  He also has served as Burnsville City Engineer, Dakota County Construction Engineer and Rice County Engineer.

Mitch holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from South Dakota State University.

Vice President Mark Dierling, PE is a principal at Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. (SEH ® ), an employee-owned company of engineers, architects, planners and scientists serving public and private sector clients. He has more than 30 years of experience designing and managing complex transportation projects. He provides expertise to clients in detailed highway design and project management, including the coordination of multiple agencies and public involvement. Mark currently leads SEH’s Central Region Transportation Practice which encompasses Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Secretary/Treasurer Jason Staebell, PE is a Senior Project Manager for the Hennepin County Transportation Department. He has more than 15 years of experience designing and managing transportation projects.

Jason holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from North Dakota State University.

First Past President Jon Chiglo, PE is a Vice President, group manager for Transportation and Structures and Senior Project Manager at WSB & Associates, Inc.  Before that he was Division Dierctor and Project Manager at Minnesota Department of Transportation for over 17 years.

Jon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Second Past President Brandi Popenhagen, PE is a Senior Transportation Planning Engineer for HDR, a global engineering and architectural consulting firm with an office located in Golden Valley, MN. She has over 20 years of experience in early project development for multi-modal transportation projects. She excels in project management, transportation planning, traffic engineering, NEPA, public engagement, preliminary design and as a client manager.

Brandi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. 

The 2017 board meetings, note that the October and December changed from original 1st Wednesdays:

2017 Board of Directors and General Arrangements Committee Meeting Dates:
Wednesday, April 5: 11 am (at HDR), Noon: Lunch with GAC
Monday, June 5 at Emerald Greens before Spring Golf Outing: 8:30 - 10 am (No June GAC meeting)
Wednesday, Aug. 2: 11 am (at MSES Office or other location), (with USBank Reps); Noon: Lunch with GAC
Wednesday, Oct. 11: 11 am at MSES Office, Noon: Lunch with GAC and Fall Outing Planning Committee members  
Wednesday, Nov. 30: 11 am at MSES Office, Noon: Lunch with GAC

Committees are the lifeblood to any successful organization. MSES has five main Committees that help to fulfill MSES’s mission of providing scholarships for deserving college students through activities that are fun and build good will.

Scholarship Committee
The purpose of the Scholarship Committee is to lead all activities related to the award of scholarships to students. This includes coordination with the MSES BOD to identify the available funding, reviewing applications and interviewing students and recommending students to be awarded a scholarship. Click here for more information on scholarships. Chair – Jason Sprague, SEH

Membership Committee 
The purpose of the Membership Committee is to promote membership in MSES, follow the status of its members and advise the BOD on membership items. Chair Keith Farquhar, Mead & Hunt, Co-Chair Matt Jensen, Kimley-Horn

Winter Event Committee 
The purpose of the Winter Event is to have an informal gathering of networking and bowling and bocce with dinner and dessert.  It is our new tradition to keep the brief Annual Meeting within our Winter Event, starting at 4:30. Chair Wendy Schmidt, Dakota County, Co-Chair Mark Dierling, SEH.

Spring Golf Outing Committee
The purpose of the Spring Golf Outing is to promote membership in MSES. Each year and golf outing is held in June to allow networking among existing MSES members, while encouraging those members to bring potential new members along for networking opportunities. Click here for information on the latest/upcoming Spring Golf Outing. 2017 Chair Sean Delmore, WSB and Associates, Co-Chair Nik Costello, Washington County.

Fall Outing Committee
The purpose of the Fall Outing is to promote networking opportunities in a fun and relaxing environment. The Fall Outing has historically been held outside of the Twin Cities area in the Brainerd Lakes area. Click here for information on the latest/upcoming Fall Outing. 2017 Chair Craig Johnson, Rani Engineering, Co-Chair Bobby Oare, HDR.

How Can You Get Involved?
Contact any one of the chairs of the committees directly or Ann Manthey, MSES Administative Support at or call 651-343-9525. Your involvement is very much needed and welcomed. It is a great way to help MSES fulfill its mission and also a great chance to meet new people.

Did you know?  We celebrate our Quasquicentennial - 125 Year Anniversary in 2020!