Can Planners and Engineers Do More Than Coexist?

APA Minnesota Chapter


Friday, September 29, 2017
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. CDT

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Planners and engineers often see the world through very different lenses, like werewolves and vampires. While planners typically look for the “when” and “who”, engineers seek the “how” and “what”, which can lead to conflicts. In the end, both planners and engineers are working for the same objective – to provide quality, effective projects. This session brings a diverse panel of both planners and engineers together to discuss both conflicts and successes in collaboration.

You’ll learn about:

• Perspectives from engineers and planners — and why these two seemingly complementary fields are often at odds

• What "the other side" sees as the frustrations and unsuccessful practices that each discipline employs

• Success stories and how projects can gain from planners and engineers working together


Bryan Nemeth

Confirmed Speaker

Bryan Nemeth, PE, PTOE, is a Traffic Engineer with extensive experience in traffic forecasting and analysis, operational analysis, and development of innovative intersection and interchange concepts. He has led multiple research and intersection development projects, as well as plans for multiple urban corridor, roundabout and highway design projects. Bryan holds ... Read More

Jane Kansier, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Jane Kansier is currently a Senior Urban Planner with Bolton and Menk, Inc. Her primary duties include project management for services related to municipal planning, metropolitan area comprehensive plan development, and land use analysis and impacts. Jane began her planning career in 1984 and has worked in city and county ... Read More

Jeff Ellerbusch

Confirmed Speaker

Jeff Ellerbusch has more than 40 years of experience in all aspects of urban and rural planning - all with the Rochester/Olmsted Planning Department. He is presently the Supervisor of the Analysis, Planning and Policy Division. Read More

Jen Lehmann

Confirmed Speaker

Jen Lehmann is Planning Manager at the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA), the transit provider for seven cities located in the suburbs of the Twin Cities, and has nearly 10 years of experience in transportation planning. At MVTA, Jen works on a variety of projects that are focused on service ... Read More

Peter Langworthy

Confirmed Speaker

Peter Langworthy has over 25 years' experience performing planning work for public infrastructure projects in Minnesota. His expertise includes federal and state environmental documentation, and transportation planning. Peter has performed extensive stormwater management/environmental control planning for the MSP International Airport and has prepared many environmental documents for highway and ... Read More

Sue Polka

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Sue Polka, PE has more than 30 years of experience in the public sector having served as Director of Public Works and City Engineer for communities in Arizona, Minnesota and Texas including Development Services Director for the City of Avondale, AZ, and Director of Engineering and Capital Projects for Pearland ... Read More

Steve Albrecht

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Steve Albrecht, PE, is a Registered Professional Engineer and the Public Works Director in Burnsville. Previously, he served as Public Works Director/City Engineer for the City of Prior Lake, and as a consulting engineer. He is a member of the Board of Directors for MN Chapter of APWA, and ... Read More

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