The FYRA Team

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

Mike Sotak, PE
Owner

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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 26 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 hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, storm water pollution prevention, storm water management design, flood plain mitigation, site assessments, residential and land development design, and recreational trail design. Lindy serves as a design engineer and project manager on several recent 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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Robert graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a BS in Civil Engineering in 2005. Bob is a Professional Engineer with more than 10 years of experience in as a water resources engineer including watershed development and hydrologic and hydraulic investigations and design, joint probability assessments, dam design and stormwater modeling.

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.

Dr. Aseel Ahmed, PhD

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

Dan Jones, EI, 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 the development of highway roadside stormwater BMPs and the evaluation of bioretention soil mediums. Dan also has over 1 year experience working on water resources projects related to bridge scour analysis, floodplain permitting and planning, levee certification, dam rehabilitation, levee penetration rehabilitation, green infrastructure, reservoir renovation, and hydrology and hydraulics analysis.

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 experience working on water resources projects related to stormwater management and design and levee certification.

Connor Kelley, Intern

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Connor is currently a senior pursuing a BS in Civil Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 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.

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.

Mallory Sotak

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Mallory will attend the University of Nebraska at Lincoln as a freshman in the fall of 2017.  As she finishes up her senior year at Papillion-LaVista High School, she assists in office functions for FYRA.