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Employee News

Rashmi Brewer

State Aid is excited to announce that Rashmi Brewer has accepted the new position of State Programs Engineer. In this new role, her primary responsibilities will include oversight and management of the competitive Local Road Improvement Program (LRIP) and the Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS). Rashmi will immediately be the point person for all outstanding 2017 and 2018 competitive LRIP projects, as well as the new crop of projects we’ll have very shortly from the 2020 LRIP appropriation. Please go to her for questions and requests for funding letters for projects selected through the competitive LRIP solicitations.

Mitch Kiecker will report to Rashmi, and he will continue to be the lead for the day to day operations and management of the SRTS program. Marc Briese will continue to be the lead for the LRIP earmark projects, but will involve Rashmi in many of the meetings and issues on these projects as well. Rashmi’s first official day in this new role will be Wednesday, June 9.

Rashmi earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota and is a registered professional engineer. She began her career in MnDOT’s Graduate Engineer rotation program. Rashmi has worked across multiple disciplines within the Department, including Final Design, Railroad Administration, Traffic, Metro Construction, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAV-X), and mostly recently since September 2020 in State Aid for Local Transportation (SALT). She is excited to leverage her strong program and project management experiences into the State Programs Engineer role in State Aid.

Rashmi and her husband, Paul, live in Maple Grove. They have two children in college, a daughter at University of Wisconsin – Madison and son at University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. In her free time, Rashmi enjoys traveling, hiking, board games, and lake time with her husband, family and friends.

Joseph Renze

Joseph Renze is a new Graduate Engineer in the Office of State Aid. His rotation will begin in State Aid and will be his home base during his graduate rotation. He will work under the Federal Aid group but will be helping other areas of State Aid as needed. Joseph graduated in the spring of 2021 with a Civil Engineering Degree from the University of North Dakota. He spent 10 years as a semi-driver before returning to school to earn his degree. Joseph lives in Maplewood, MN with his wife and two kids. In his free time he enjoys doing home projects and bicycling

.Joseph Renze