Advisory Board

The CEGE Advisory Board is composed of alumni engineer-advisors that meet regularly to discuss and help advance initiatives of the department, advise department leadership, and help ensure the relevance of CEGE graduates in industry and practice.

Laura Amundson

Laura Amundson, P.E.

BCE 1978

For the past 30 years, Laura Amundson has been employed by WSP USA, a global engineering firm emphasizing transportation and infrastructure. With a structural engineering background, she has served in technical roles ranging from design engineer to project manager. Her passion for infrastructure design and construction extends to the developing world as an active member of Engineers without Borders, where she is a mentor to the UMN Guatemala project.

Lisa Cerney

Lisa Cerney, P.E.

BCE 1999

Lisa Cerney is an Assistant County Administrator of Public Works with Hennepin County. Previously, she was the City Engineer/Deputy Director of Public Works with the City of Minneapolis where she supervised a staff of over 1,000 individuals responsible for the distribution of drinking water, management of the stormwater and wastewater systems, disposition of solid waste and recycling, and administering all public right of way transportation functions. She oversaw an annual operating budget of over $300 million.

Jon Chiglo

Jon Chiglo, P.E.

BCE 1997

Jon Chiglo is the Chief Operating Officer of WSB. He has more than 23 years of experience in the transportation industry in both the public and private sectors, with an emphasis in project delivery and management, innovative project delivery, accelerated project delivery, and technical team supervision. Over his career, Chiglo has been instrumental in a number of alternative contracting and Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) transportation projects. Through his successful management of multi-organizational teams in complex projects and programs, Chiglo has become a leader in the industry.

NANCY DAUBENBERGER, P.E.

Nancy Daubenberger, P.E.

MSCE 1997

Nancy Daubenberger is the Assistant Commissioner, Engineering Services at MnDOT. She previously served as Minnesota's State Bridge Engineer where she was responsible for building, monitoring, and maintaining all the bridges throughout the state--more than 20,000. Daubenberger completed her undergraduate degree at North Dakota State University (1993), and began designing roads and bridges while earning her Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Minnesota. She has been working with MnDOT since 1999.

Ali Ling

Ali Ling, P.E., Ph.D.

BCE 2008

Ali Ling is a Professional Environmental Engineer at Barr Enginnering Co. engaged in water and wastewater treatment and site remediation projects. Her work includes process modeling, bench and pilot testing, and preliminary design. She also serves as a technical advisor internally for projects related to water quality and statistical analyses. She works with clients in the power, mining, agricultural, manufacturing, and municipal sectors. For her doctoral thesis research at the University of Colorado at Boulder, she characterized the microbial community involved in corrosion of concrete wastewater infrastructure across spatial and temporal gradients.

Thomas Lorentz

Thomas Lorentz, P.E.

BCE 1990, MS 1992

Thomas Lorentz is President of US Operations of IDOM, Inc. a privately held, multi-discipline engineering company with more than 2,000 professionals and 31 offices around the world. Lorentz is based in Minneapolis and is responsible for US and Canadian operations. Lorentz’s professional career has been focused on the design and evaluation of special structures: welded shell structures such as tanks, pressure vessels, digesters and reactors, and heavy industrial structures in the refining, chemical, paper, heavy manufacturing, and mining sectors. Lorentz is a registered professional engineer in 25 states and 3 Canadian provinces. He is an active member of several local and national professional associations, and a past president of ASCE Minnesota Section.

Loren Lorig

Loren Lorig, P.E., Ph.D.

PH.D. 1984

Loren Lorig is principal consultant and CEO of Itasca International, an engineering consulting and software development company founded in Minneapolis, with 15 offices worldwide. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1985. He has over 30 years of experience in engineering projects requiring specialized geomechanics consulting. His area of expertise is in the application of numerical models to provide solutions to stability and support problems in civil and mining engineering. Lorig was General Manager of Itasca’s Santiago, Chile, office for 13 years. He has served as a member of consulting and peer review boards for several large projects. He has been an instructor for graduate-level university courses in the United States, Sweden, Finland, and Chile. He is a frequent conference speaker and has given 11 keynote lectures. He has conducted over 50 short courses and has authored or co-authored more than 80 technical articles. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in four US states.

Dennis Martenson

Dennis R. Martenson, P.E.

PRES.06.ASCE, BCE 1967, MSCE 1968

Dennis Martenson was the 2006 President of the American Society of Civil Engineers and is currently the President of the United Engineering Foundation. He is a registered professional civil engineer in five states and a member of the Minnesota Registration Board that licenses engineers in the state of Minnesota. Martenson has been very active in professional associations and is a member of numerous organizations such as American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE), American Water Works Association (AWWA), National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), and Water Environment Federation (WEF). Martenson has received numerous awards, including the 2012 Charles W. Britzius Distinguished Engineer Award from the Minnesota Federation of Engineering, Science, and Technology Societies.

DANIEL MURPHY, P.E.

Daniel Murphy, P.E.

BCE 1974

Dan Murphy is a principal and CEO of Meyer Borgman Johnson, a sole discipline structural engineering firm in business since 1955. His 45 years of experience as a structural engineer comprises a broad range of structural design systems, materials, and delivery methods and leadership of some the firm’s largest and most complex projects. An active participant in the engineering community, he serves on the AELSLAGID design professionals Registration Board of Minnesota and is a past member of the Minnesota Structural Advisory Committee for Building Codes and Standards. Murphy is also Past President and National Director of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota, a Life Member of ASCE, and a founding and past board member of the ACE Mentor Program Minnesota.

SEAN SWARTZ, P.E.

Sean Swartz, P.E.

BGEOE 1998

Sean Swartz serves as Senior Vice President and Corporate Officer at Braun Intertec. He leads the engineering and testing division for the upper Midwest region, which includes operations in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. Sean started with Braun Intertec in the St. Cloud office in 1999, and previously directed the North Dakota engineering operations.

MARCUS THOMAS, P.E.

Marcus Thomas, P.E.

BCE 1994

Marcus Thomas is currently a principal and owner of Bolton & Menk; he manages the firm's Burnsville office. As an undergraduate, Thomas completed an internship with Bolton & Menk, Inc., and took a full time position with the firm after graduation. Since that time, he has developed his career and dedicated his efforts towards advancing the values of the firm and the success of its clients. Thomas has built a diverse resume with projects focused on improving Minnesota cities. He has provided services ranging from feasibility studies to forensics, and from legislative lobbying to public engagement and consensus building. He assisted in reclaiming environmentally damaged sites and reestablishing them as public amenities. His infrastructure rehabilitation and streetscape projects catalyzed main street economic growth in revitalized downtown areas. His work has been recognized by awards from the American Public Works Association, City Engineers Association of Minnesota, Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers, and the American Council of Engineering Companies.

 DINO XYKIS

Dino Xykis

BCE 1981, MSCE 1983, PH.D. 1988

After completing his Ph.D. (“Non-Linear Stability of Space Frames” in 1988 with Professor T.V. Galambos), Dino Xykis started working in the industry with Cummins Power Generation. He held several engineering and management positions with Cummins and rose to the rank of General Manager in Cummins’ most profitable business unit. After 15 years with Cummins, Xykis accepted the position of Corporate Vice President of Engineering at Generac Power Systems in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When Generac was sold to a private equity fund at the end of 2006, Xykis exited the corporate world and accepted a faculty position in the area of applied mechanics and mechanical engineering at Milwaukee School of Engineering. In December of 2010, after reaching the rank of Professor, Xykis went back to the corporate world as Vice President of Engineering at Power Solutions International in Wood Dale, Illinois. Xykis holds five engineering related patents and a sixth one is pending.