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See below for detailed descriptions of each education topic offered at the MnSPE Annual Meeting
on Tuesday, April 24 & Wednesday, April 25 in Rochester, MN.







Bus Tour: Rochester Destination Medical Center Engineering Projects


2.5 PDHs


Get a first-hand overview of the Destination Medical Center project. This tour will highlight locations and details of the project. The tour will be engineering-focused. Tour stops include:

  • Alatus Building
  • Discovery Square
  • Parking Ramp #6/Hilton construction site
  • Peace Plaza

The tour will start and end at the Rochester Art Center.


Tour guides: The tour will be lead by engineers from SRF Consulting Group and Rochester Public Works.



Destination Medical Center Overview and STEM Evening Event


1.0 PDH


Join MnSPE members and guests for an interactive STEM-focused evening at the Rochester Art Center (connected to the Mayo Civic Center, where meetings will be held the following day). Meet others in a fun, STEM-focused environment.


Invite a colleague or friend. This event is open to all!


Evening activities will include:




Patrick Seeb directs the economic development and placemaking activities of the Destination Medical Center initiative. DMC is a 20-year, $5.6 billion plan intended to position Rochester as the world’s premier destination medical center. In addition to supervising economic development initiatives, Patrick is responsible for managing and enhancing relationships with investors, public and private businesses and the community as well as driving initiatives for attracting new business to the City of Rochester DMC Development District. Before joining DMC EDA, Patrick served as Executive Director of the Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation.

Jenna Bowman is the Executive Director of the Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA). Prior to her current role, Jenna served as the Program & Advocacy Manager for the Grand Avenue Business Association in Saint Paul, MN. Jenna was born and raised in Rochester and is a proud recipient of the Mayor’s Medal of Honor.  She represents the RDA on various boards and groups.  This has recently included the Chateau Reuse Task Force and Heart of the City Community Advisory Committee.



Rochester Destination Medical Center/Integrated Transportation Systems


Engineering Challenges Associated with DMC-Related Growth


2.0 PDHs


With the creation of the Destination Medical Center (DMC) vision for Downtown Rochester, the city is poised to enhance its standing as a world-class destination for medical services and research community.


To facilitate and support anticipated new development, the city and Olmsted County need to plan and construct significant multi-modal transportation infrastructure. This significant undertaking to integrate all of these transportation modal elements into one comprehensive package is being coordinated with a public engagement process that allows the City of Rochester community the opportunity to contribute to the planning process and help make decisions.


This presentation will cover:

  • DMC goals and vision
  • Anticipated growth in Rochester and the impacts on the transportation systems and infrastructure
  • How for independent studies are being tied together to form a unified system if improvements




Joni Giese has more than 20 years of experience in landscape architecture and urban design. Her expertise includes urban design, station area planning and transit-oriented development, green infrastructure, streetscape design, trail and pedestrian planning, and complete streets. Joni has facilitated numerous projects that require an integrated approach where community infrastructure requirements must be synthesized into a vibrant and aesthetically pleasing public amenity.   

Patrick Corkle, PE
has 25 years of transportation and traffic engineering experience. His work abilities include traffic impact analysis, corridor studies, preliminary engineering and multi-modal studies and modeling.

Craig Vaughn
has nearly 20 years of experience in traffic and transportation engineering and planning. His abilities include performing a wide variety of traffic and transportation project work, such as parking studies, traffic impact studies, transportation plans, corridor studies, transit planning, and multi-modal plans. Craig has managed many parking studies of varying degree and sophistication with great success.

Mona Elabbady
has 16 years of national transit-planning experience. Mona has contributed to all levels of transit projects, including FTA Project Development, corridor feasibility, model analysis, impact assessment, agency coordination, and stakeholder engagement.


Troy Erickson, PE project manager with Rochester Public Works.


Dillon Dombrovski, PE, construction manager with Rochester Public Works.



#AccessibleOlli - Autonomous Transportation for All


1.0 PDH


As autonomous vehicles make their way into our transportation system many challenges arise. With no driver, accessibility has become an issue to overcome. At the IBM Rochester Internet of Things Lab, we have been exploring ways to use technology to help make autonomous vehicles accessible for everyone.


Attendees will learn:

  • What is Olli and what makes it unique
  • Technologies that enhance accessibility
  • How anyone can participate




Matt Paschal: Whether it's gaming microprocessors, IBM Power and Z-System CPUs, optical link chips, or High Speed SerDes cores, Matt Paschal has been there designing the analog IO circuits. Matt also has a passion for public safety technologies such as entity analytics, crime prediction, and video analytics, especially related to mobile devices. Recently Matt has expanded his expertise into Internet of Things (IoT) technologies related to storm water management and autonomous vehicles. He has an MSEE from the University of Arizona and 21 patents. Matt strives to apply silicon, IoT, mobile, and cognitive technologies to some of today's toughest challenges.

Eric Jenney
is the Program Director for IBM Corporate Strategy's SPEED Program and has been with the program since it's inception. He's worked in many areas of the company in his 30 years. From Software Group, working on SOM/DSOM, Taligent, Component Broker and Websphere, to Systems Group working on eSupport, and S&D Supporting Mayo Clinic, Eric eventually ended up in Corporate Technical Strategy, where he ran the Business Analytics and Optimization Architecture Board before being tasked to create the SPEED program to help support placement of strategic innovation in the hands of our key customers. In Rochester for the extent of his career, Eric set up the Hacker's Garage on site, as well as its IOT Corner and helped create the Rochester IoT team which most recently has been working on accessibility for autonomous vehicles.

Perry Dykes
is an IBM Systems Support Architect specializing in highly scalable and available, distributed computing and cloud computing infrastructures. Current focus areas include electronic support, specializing in Internet based product Call Home, Electronic Software Update, Diagnostic Data Management and Remote Support solutions. Prior to this assignment, Perry was a developer focusing on the WebSphere and WebSphere XD offerings.

Dan Ramirez
is an electrical engineer at IBM in Rochester, MN working on next generation Power and Z-system microprocessors. In his short tenure, he has contributed many innovations to state of the art in microprocessor design. Dan also has a passion for programming which has taken him to conferences to lead hands on labs and to accessibility technology for autonomous vehicles. Dan received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 2012.



Ethics Case Studies


1.0 PDH (counts for one hour of the MN PE ethics education requirement)


Finish the 2018 MnSPE Annual Meeting with a member-led discussion on how to work through ethical dilemmas. Case studies presented will include autonomous vehicles (use some of what you learned in the previous session for this discussion!) and providing engineering advice on social media. This session will be moderated by a fellow MnSPE member. 






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