Andrea Hendrickson has been a leader and innovator in transportation hydraulics for over 35 years. Andrea received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Minnesota, while working as a teaching assistant and research assistant. She started with the Minnesota Department of Transportation in 1985 as a Graduate Engineer and was the State Hydraulics Engineer from 2004 to 2022. Andrea was responsible for the standards, specifications, and guidelines used for the design and construction of bridges, culverts, and storm drain systems. These standards and guidelines are used by many agencies, providing the backbone for transportation drainage statewide. Andrea has been the go-to person for water resources issues at MnDOT. She was consistently asked to field questions, review and resolve disputes, and provide technical guidance on complex drainage matters.
Her reach and influence extend well beyond MnDOT. She championed and has been a panel member for numerous State and National research projects in bridge scour, asset management, Midwest region Atlas 14 and climate resilience. Andrea is a committed mentor and advisor and is a strong booster of the Graduate Engineer and Civil Engineering Internship programs at MnDOT. Andrea has developed and mentored an accomplished support staff, some of which are experienced technical experts and department leaders themselves.