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Structural Engineering Specialist Promoted to Associate

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Associate

Modjeski and Masters, Inc. (M&M) is pleased to announce the appointment of Rachel L. Mertz, PE, SE to Associate. With more than 14 years of bridge design experience, Ms. Mertz will contribute to the firm’s internal leadership in the areas of structural engineering and accelerated bridge construction.

Ms. Mertz joined Modjeski and Masters in 1998 and has been responsible for analysis and load capacity rating, design and rehabilitation of highway, railroad and pedestrian structures of various sizes and complexities. Her experience also includes the preparation of hydraulic reports for typical waterways.

“Rachel has become an integral asset for M&M’s MidAmerica operations with proven abilities ranging from marketing and project development to structural design and construction management," says M&M Vice President, David Petermeier, PE, SE. "Rachel has managed numerous bridge load rating projects and has become M&M’s in-house expert with AASHTO’s Virtis load rating software.”

Ms. Mertz has contributed to many notable projects, including:
  • I-80 over the Mississippi River Bridge Rehabilitation
  • Cedar Street Bridge Ratings
  • IL 127 over the Kaskaskia River Bridge Replacement
  • IL 151 over Kinkaid Lake Bridge Replacement
  • Quincy Memorial Bridge Load Ratings
  • Well Road ABC Superstructure Replacement
  • IL 166 over Sugar Creek Bridge Replacement
  • Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Rehabilitation
"I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to join the ranks of many great engineers at M&M," says Ms. Mertz. "I am excited to help continue the firm’s respected legacy, and to continue working closely with our clients on their challenging bridge projects."

Ms. Mertz earned a Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering from the University of Evansville and a Master of Science, Civil Engineering from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She is a Professional Engineer and Structural Engineer in Illinois.
Structural Engineering Specialist Promoted to Associate I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to join the ranks of many great engineers at M&M. I am excited to help continue the firm’s respected legacy, and to continue working closely with our clients on their challenging bridge projects.