Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers


2021-2022 MnSPE Committees

MnSPE committees are at the center of who we are, and we invite you to get involved. Many of the committees meet monthly, online, so that members across the state can join without needing to travel. Getting involved is a great way to connect with others in MnSPE, and have a direct impact on our organization’s reach and value to all members.

Learn more or sign up for a committee here [form link]. If you’re interested in learning more or unsure about joining, please contact us via that form link, and we will invite you to join us for an upcoming committee meeting to learn more.

Legislative Advocacy Committee

Chair – Darin Meilke, PE

The legislative advocacy committee oversees MnSPE’s work with its lobbying team, and monitors legislation that affects the practice of engineering in Minnesota. This committee also manages our connections with the Minnesota Board of AELSLAGID, the state board that governs PE licensure.


Chair – Brian Simmons, PE

The MATHCOUNTS committee and state board oversee the operation and strategic direction of the Minnesota State MATHCOUNTS program. The committee supports the 12 chapter competitions that take place around the stat each February, and plans the annual state competition held each March. The state board oversees the strategic direction and fiscal operations of Minnesota MATHCOUNTS.

Young Member Group

Chairs – Mika Pieper White, Jenn Solseth, Rachel Origer

Our young member group is the heart of FUN at MnSPE. This group plans events and activities that are important to those who are new to the engineering profession. The YMG also hosts FE and PE info sessions in collaboration with other engineering groups, a few times per year. Additionally, this is the place to connect for leadership development programs directly geared to those who are new to the profession. Sign up here to get our email updates, or contact CHAIR to learn more about getting involved on the planning committee.

Communications Committee

Chair – Karl Biewald, PE

This group supports MnSPE’s collaboration with other organizations – strategic collaborations, sponsors, etc. and helps facilitate an annual calendar across all MnsPE groups, including committee events, board activities, social events, and our chapter happening. Members of this group will focus on engaging with local and state organizations and companies to build and grow MnSPE’s connections in the industry.

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Our state is divided into nine geographic chapters. MnSPE members enjoy membership in a local chapter in their area, our statewide organization, and our national organization, NSPE, as part of one annual membership fee.

Each chapter is led by a volunteer leadership team of chapter members, with each chapter holding its own events of interest to local members. These activities most typically include continuing education programs, networking/social events, tours, a golf tournament and an annual MATHCOUNTS competition.

Chapter Contacts

Arrowhead: Greg Stoewer, PE – gstoewer@duluthmn.gov
Capitol: Chad Davison, PE – chad.davison@metc.state.mn.us
City of Lakes: Derek Van Heuveln, PE – dvanheuveln@teamaet.com
Height of Land: Blaine Green, PE – blaine.green@wsn.us.com
Lake Agassiz: Graig Gilbertson, PE – paulb1@paulbunyan.net
Lake Region: Colin Marcusen, PE – cmarcusen@sehinc.com
Southeast: Tim Dietrich – tdiedrich@sehinc.com
Southwest: Kent Exner kexner@ci.hutchinson.mn.us
Traverse Des Sioux: Jason Femrite, PE – jasonfe@bolton-menk.com



Katie Jamieson, CAE, MnSPE Consultant

CEO, Engage! Community Building for Nonprofits, LLC
P. 651-457-2347