New board member will foster the next generation of engineers

Kyle Oraskovich

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Kyle Oraskovich, P.E., to the Board of Directors of Engineering Alliance Foundation Minnesota.

Kyle joined Enbridge in 2013, where he supports operations throughout Minnesota as a field engineer/regional engineer. Before joining Enbridge, Kyle designed and managed high voltage powerline projects with Great River Energy. He holds a degree in civil engineering with a minor in construction management from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Kyle discovered Engineering Alliance Minnesota—formerly called the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers (MnSPE)—while pursuing his degree. “As I learned more about MnSPE, I felt it was a good way to keep involved with industry news and be part of the continuing education opportunities MnSPE offers.”

When Kyle saw the invitation to join the Board of Directors of Engineering Alliance Foundation Minnesota, he was intrigued.

“I was looking for a way to become more involved in the community and the industry. I felt it was a good opportunity to connect with peers and also contribute to a good cause.”

Kyle’s interest in engineering stems from his enjoyment of country life while growing up in Clearbrook, a small town in northern Minnesota’s Clearwater County. Engineering proved the right fit for his passion for the outdoors and commitment to personal and professional excellence.

Map highlighting Clearwater County, MN
Clearwater County
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“I always wanted to push myself and I felt engineering would provide an opportunity to use my skills and interests in a challenging career,” Kyle says. As a civil engineer, he supports outdoor projects ranging from roads to bridges to pipelines. Now, as a board member of Engineering Alliance Foundation Minnesota, he will bring his professional skills to create opportunities for students to study engineering fields and establish a career.

Meet the other members of the board of directors here.

Through fundraising and affiliations with partner organizations, Engineering Alliance Foundation Minnesota provides scholarships, grants, sponsorships and materials to support the education of students pursuing engineering as a career, as well as the continuing education of professional engineers.

Want to get involved? Learn more about how volunteering with Engineering Alliance Foundation Minnesota can help you reach your professional and civic goals.


The 2020 engineering scholarship competition is open!

Engineering scholarships for undergraduates

Our scholarship competition is now open! Apply by Friday, October 25.

Please share the application link with your colleagues and friends!

Every year, Engineering Alliance Foundation Minnesota selects several aspiring engineers to receive critical educational support. Our undergraduate engineering scholarships provide financial investment at an important time in a student’s trajectory.

As a result, Engineering Alliance Foundation Minnesota scholars come one step closer to applying their passion, drive and skills to build Minnesota’s future as Professional Engineers.

A scholarship from Engineering Alliance Foundation Minnesota also brings the benefits of our broader engineering network to each student: mentorship, professional development and career connections.

2019’s scholars are ready to apply their skills through composite materials engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering and more. We look forward to welcoming a new cohort of future engineers in 2020.

Apply by Friday, October 25.


These Minnesota undergraduates received engineering scholarships in 2019

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We are pleased to announce the scholars pursuing undergraduate engineering degrees with financial support from the Minnesota Professional Engineers Foundation. Scholarships equip students to build skills, connections and experience for careers as engineers.

MPEF 2019 scholars represent chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial & systems engineering and other fields. They’re enrolled in colleges throughout Minnesota.

But these students have a few things in common: passion for the engineering field, demonstrated leadership ability and the dedication to pursue a career in this challenging and rewarding field.

Meet the scholars

Proudly presenting the 2019 MPEF engineering scholarship cohort:

  • Javier Lara, Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Jera Zellmann, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Nathan Oliver, Electrical Engineering, Iron Range Engineering
  • Erick Sipila, Industrial & Systems Engineering, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
  • Maria Wrage, Composite Materials Engineering, Winona State University
  • Matt DeJong, Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
  • Matthew Henderson, Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota Duluth

Get to know more about our 2019 scholars and past scholarship recipients. Find out which student leads teams to build solar-powered cars, and which will use their degree in the sports industry field. One undergrad spends time outside the classroom snowmobiling and hunting. Another has undertaken travel for work and study on three continents. This student brings the same passion to campus as a founder of the college chapter of Engineers Without Borders. Learn more.

An image highlighting scholarship recipient Javier Lara

About MPEF scholarships

We award scholarships based on academic achievement, an essay and personal statement, work and volunteer experience, and a letter of recommendation. Applicants must be full-time undergrads. The next scholarship cycle opens in the fall. Learn more about applying.

Join us to support engineering education

Make a lasting investment. Join us to fuel the goals of engineering students, invest in STEM talent and build up the leadership of the engineering sector. There are several ways to get involved:

An image highlighting scholarship recipient Maria Wrage

About MPEF

The Minnesota Professional Engineers Foundation (MPEF) raises funds to support access to engineering education for all, as well as promoting greater understanding of the work of engineers and supporting fields through such programs as engineering scholarships and Minnesota MATHCOUNTS. Learn more about our history, vision and mission. MPEF is affiliated with the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us.


Join the MPEF Board of Directors or Development Committee

Access, opportunity, engineering – and you!

The Minnesota Professional Engineers Foundation is committed to expanding our mission work in the community. We’ve been providing scholarships, early career support, and activities such as MATHCOUNTS in Minnesota for decades, but there is much more to do.

Opportunity: We invite volunteers to join one or both of two groups to guide strategy and advocate for the Minnesota Professional Engineers Foundation:

Commitment: 5-6 hours per month, including one meeting every other month

This is a great opportunity to meet other people committed to broader access to engineering and other STEM-related education, and create new opportunity in our community.

Ready to help out? Get in touch!

Serving as an MPEF board member or on the Development Committee not only supports the work of MPEF, but is also a huge opportunity for both personal and professional growth for each board member.

You will meet people you likely never knew before – from different industries, varying engineering disciplines and diverse backgrounds – each with their own reasons for serving. Alongside your new colleagues, you will hone important skills like communication, group dynamics and leadership while you join forces to continue to grow the impact of MPEF.

Mary Detloff, Executive Director, Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers