The FYRA Team

Registered Professional Engineers Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Arizona, South Carolina and Texas

Mike Sotak, PE
Owner/Principal Engineer

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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
Owner

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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
Owner

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

Brian Henkel, PE

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Brian has a BS in Civil Engineering with a focus on water resources and hydrology. He has worked on a variety of water resources projects throughout his career including water rights evaluations, well design, pumping test analysis, groundwater modeling, surface water modeling, geophysical log interpretation, stream flow analysis, reservoir operation analysis, water quality analysis, water quality modeling and estimation, and coupled surface water/groundwater flow modeling. Brian has extensive knowledge of the groundwater resources of Nebraska.

 

 

Aseel Ahmed, PhD

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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.  Aseel leads FYRA’s geotechnical design of earthen embankments that support design functions for dams and levees and other water conveyance systems.

 

 

Dan Jones, PE, CFM

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Dan received his BS in Civil Engineering in 2011 and a MS in Environmental Engineering in 2012 both from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dan has over 2 years of experience on stormwater research projects involving highway roadside stormwater BMPs and bioretention soil mediums. Dan has experience working on water resource projects related to bridge scour analysis, floodplain permitting and planning, levee certification, dam rehabilitation, levee penetration rehabilitation, green infrastructure, site surveying, construction observation, reservoir renovation, and hydrology and hydraulics analysis. Dan also has the ability to determine field solutions to assist with construction projects, work well with contractors, and to review projects with a “constructability” perspective.

 

 

Ann Stratton, Administrative Coordinator

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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

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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

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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 is the recipient of the Walter Scott Jr. Scholarship based on his exceptional scholastic achievements. Connor worked for the Peter Kiewit Institute through recruitment programs and engineering summer camps, and is now working as a student intern at FYRA Engineering. Connor is currently assisting project engineers with statistical analysis of hydrologic data, ground and surface water level monitoring, and drafting of design details and construction plans.

 

 

Ryan Roenigk, EI

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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

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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.

 

 

Chris Furman, Intern

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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 is currently assisting project engineers with statistical analysis of hydrologic data, ground and surface water flow and quality monitoring, and drafting of design details and construction plans.

 

 

Dillon Holz, Intern

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Dillon has been a student intern for FYRA Engineering for 2 summers and is currently attending the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he is studying Civil Engineering.  Dillon received a Regents Scholarship for superior incoming freshman.  While at FYRA, Dillon has worked on various projects and has received a wide array of experience assisting with project hydrology and hydraulics, Autocad plan development, GIS project mapping, field surveying and water quality testing.

 

 

Mallory Sotak, Intern

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Mallory is attending the University of Nebraska at Lincoln as a freshman in 2017.  Mallory assists in office functions for FYRA during school breaks.

 

 

Grayson Rogers, Intern

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Grayson is attending the University of Nebraska at Lincoln as a freshman.  As an intern at FYRA Engineering, Grayson is assisting with general office work, surveying work and project data entry.