Mike Sotak, PE
Mike earned a BS in Civil Engineering in 1992 and a MBA in 2001, both from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a Professional Engineer with more than 27 years of experience in water resources engineering. Mike has served as a field, design and project manager on several structural watershed improvement projects and has been involved with the design and construction of over 100 dams. He has extensive experience in watershed planning, economic analyses, levee certification and dam design. Mike has also worked with grant writing and funding program identification on several projects.
Lindy (Melinda) Rogers, PE
Lindy graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in Civil Engineering in 1994. She is a Professional Engineer with more than 18 years of experience. Lindy has an extensive background in levee rehabilitation and design, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, flood plain mitigation, storm water pollution prevention, storm water management design, site assessments, recreational trail design, and residential and land development. Lindy serves as the project manager on several levee projects which include major levee modifications, penetration rehabilitations, and coordination with reviewing agencies and funding partners.
Bob (Robert) Gregalunas, PE, CFM
Bob graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a BS in Civil Engineering in 2005. Bob is a Professional Engineer and Certified Floodplain Manager with more than 12 years of experience in water resources engineering. Bob’s passion for developing intricate models for watershed development, hydrologic and hydraulic investigations and design, dam design and stormwater modeling shines through in his work. His knowledge and incorporation of stochastics into his modeling work allows clients make better informed decisions on projects that ultimately reduce long term risk.
Charles Ikenberry, PE, PhD
Charles holds a B. S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1999), M.S. in Biological & Agricultural Engineering from Kansas State University (2001), and a Ph.D. in Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering from Iowa State University (2016). Dr. Ikenberry has over 18 years of experience in water resources engineering and watershed and water quality modeling. His expertise includes development of Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) studies, coordination of various Clean Water Act programs, water quality monitoring, nutrient fate and transport, and conveying technical information to a diverse group of audiences. His published doctoral research focused on improving the simulation of hydrology and nutrients in tile-drained landscapes and wetlands. He serves as FYRA’s Des Moines Market and Water Quality Discipline Lead.
Sara Mechtenberg, PE
Sara received a BS in Biological Systems Engineering (Environmental Engineering) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2006. She is a Professional Engineer and has worked as a water resources consultant for more than 9 years. After being involved in a variety of water related projects, Sara now focuses on water quality and restoration work. This includes lake and stream restoration projects, ranging from planning and conceptual analysis all the way through design and construction. Sara is familiar with stormwater management and designing green infrastructure type projects. She also assists in pollutant loading and hydrologic modeling project needs, as well as assisting in the design for dam, reservoir/fishery and levee projects. Previous involvement with an environmental sciences group provided her experience with jurisdictional wetland evaluations and permitting procedures, which she continues to build upon with the permitting needs of FYRA’s projects.
Janel Kaufman, PE
Janel earned a BS in Civil Engineering from University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2005) and an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of California-Berkeley (2006). She has over 8 years of experience in environmental permitting and civil engineering design and her diverse background provides her with a unique perspective as an environmental engineer. Janel has worked on a wide variety of projects involved with every level of government (federal, state and local) and has worked on projects ranging from railroad track design to water right determinations.
Aseel Ahmed, PhD
Aseel earned a BS in Civil Engineering from University of Basrah, a MS in Civil Engineering/Geotechnical Engineering from University of Basrah, and a PhD in Civil Engineering/Geotechnical Engineering (2013) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has numerous years of research experience in soil behavior and foundation analyses, soil stability problems, settlement analysis, and bearing capacity and slope stability of foundations. Her published doctoral research focused on reliability based design analysis of settlement in highway bridges. Aseel leads FYRA’s geotechnical design of earthen embankments that support design functions for dams and levees and other water conveyance systems.
Ann Stratton, Administrative Coordinator
Ann has a BS in Accounting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is responsible for the firm’s accounting and financial management functions and assists with FYRA’s marketing initiatives. Ann joined the FYRA team in October 2017.
Ethan Miller, EI
Ethan received his BS in Civil Engineering in 2015 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Before joining the FYRA team, Ethan gained extensive experience analyzing and designing structural components of telecommunication towers. Ethan joined the FYRA team in August of 2015 and has 2 years of experience working on water resources projects related to levee certification, dam design and rehabilitation, watershed development, hydrologic and hydraulic investigations and design, stormwater modeling, and wetland delineation.
Connor Kelley, EI
Connor received a BS in Civil Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May 2017, as well as two minors in Mathematics and Business. He was the recipient of the Walter Scott Jr. Scholarship based on his exceptional scholastic achievements and has presented engineering talks to more than 1,000 local students. Connor joined the FYRA Team in March of 2015 while completing his degree and has 2 years of experience working on water resources projects related to hydrologic and hydraulic investigations and design, dam design and rehabilitation, levee certification, floodplain mapping and mitigation, and stormwater modeling.
Ryan Roenigk, EI
Ryan received his BS in Civil Engineering in 2016 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as well as a minor in International Engineering. He studied abroad with The Green Program in Iceland during the summer of 2015 and learned about innovations in renewable energy. Ryan joined the FYRA team in February of 2017 and has experience working on water resources projects related to stormwater management and hydrologic and hydraulic analysis.
Anna Petrow, EI
Anna graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a BS in Biological Systems Engineering (Environmental Engineering) in 2017. During her undergraduate program, she interned as a Project Manager Assistant with an environmental biotechnology firm. Anna joined the FYRA team in May 2017 and has experience with wetland delineations, stream assessments and environmental permitting. Additionally, Anna assists professional engineers with water quality, hydrology and hydraulic analysis.
Bryce Haines, EI
Bryce earned a BS in Civil Engineering in 2016 and an MS in Civil Engineering in 2017, both from the University of Iowa. He received the John F. Kennedy Fellowship for his demonstration of ingenuity and curiosity in the field of hydrosciences. Bryce joined FYRA’s Des Moines, Iowa team in March 2018 and has several years of research experience in designing and monitoring floodplain restoration projects, conducting hydrogeology and water quality field studies, and performing hydrologic and hydraulic assessments.
Carly Wagner, EI
Carly earned a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2018 from the University of Iowa, and also earned a Certificate of Sustainability. While in undergrad, she interned at multiple firms to gain diverse experience with land development and stormwater projects. Carly joined the FYRA Des Moines team in January 2019 and has been involved in a variety of projects involving lake restoration and water quality, stream restoration, dam design, hydrologic and hydraulic analysis, boat ramp and dock design, and wetland delineation.”
Katie Schwaegler, EI
Katie graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in Biological Systems Engineering in December 2018. During her time at Iowa State, she was an undergraduate research assistant and project management assistant for the Transforming Drainage and Sustainable Corn projects. Katie joined the FYRA Des Moines team in January 2019 and has experience with data analysis, wetland delineation and environmental permitting.
Mark Jacobs, EI
Mark graduated in May 2019 from Iowa State University with a BS in Agricultural Engineering. Growing up in an agricultural community, Mark understands the importance of farming and natural resource conservation. Additionally, the lake in his home town had algal blooms and water quality was an issue that posed challenges for his community. This spurred his interest in water quality, agriculture, and conservation methods. Mark joined FYRA’s Des Moines, Iowa team in March 2018 and has experience working as an undergraduate research assistant in gathering soil samples, water samples from tile lines, and measuring infiltration across the state of Iowa.
Chris Furman, Intern
Chris earned a BA in Film and Video Studies at the University of Michigan and a Graduate Certificate in Hydrology at Portland State University prior to changing his professional focus to Civil Engineering. Chris is currently pursuing a BS in Civil Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is working as a student intern at FYRA Engineering. Chris assists project engineers with statistical analysis of hydrologic data, ground and surface water flow and quality monitoring, drafting of design details and construction plans, and wetland delineation.
Trevor Sotak, Intern
Trevor is attending Papillion La-Vista High School and will graduate in 2020. Trevor plans to attend the University of Nebraska at Lincoln or the University of Iowa to study Civil Engineering upon graduation. As a student intern, Trevor assists with data entry, AutoCAD drafting and design details. In his spare time, Trevor plays tennis, golf, and enjoys hunting and fishing.