Mike Sotak, PE, D.WRE
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 30 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
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, CFM
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 14 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 10 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.
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.
Jessie Winter, Project Scientist
Jessie earned a BS in Water Science, with an emphasis in policy and planning, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2005. Before joining FYRA, she worked over 8 years in state government on water planning and integrated water management. Jessie’s background includes experience with surface water and groundwater hydrology, analyses of water supplies and demands, and working with local governments and stakeholders on integrated management plan development and implementation.
Ethan Miller, PE
Ethan received his BS in Civil Engineering in 2015 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has over 7 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, culvert design and rehabilitation, and wetland delineation.
Connor Kelley, PE
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 4 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, PE
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 dam design and rehabilitation, culvert design and rehabilitation, hydrologic and hydraulic analysis, levee design and certification, stormwater management, and stormwater modeling.
Anna Bakke, PE
Anna earned her BS in Biological Systems Engineering with an Environmental Engineering emphasis from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2017. She has over 5-years of experience with environmental engineering design and permitting. Anna has experience with wetland delineations, stream assessments, and environmental permitting with various levels of government. Additionally, Anna has a background in a diverse range of water resource projects ranging from planning and conceptual analysis through design and construction. Anna has been involved in project designs related to hydrologic and hydraulic investigations, dam design, erosion control, lake and stream restoration, and watershed improvements.
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 almost 3 years of engineering experience. She 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 Ansong, 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 almost 4 years of experience working as an undergraduate research assistant in gathering soil samples, water samples from tile lines, and measuring infiltration across the state of Iowa.
Eric Suing, EI
Eric received a BS in Construction Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in December 2013, as well as a minor in Mathematics. Before joining the FYRA team, Eric gained extensive experience designing commercial and residential fire suppression systems. Eric joined the FYRA team in January of 2019 and has almost 3 years experience working on water resources projects related to stormwater management and hydrologic and hydraulic analysis.
Mike Van Hove, EI
Mike earned a BS in Civil Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in December 2019. He was a recipient of the Walter Scott Jr. Scholarship and served as a senior member of the University Concrete Canoe team that competed in nationals in 2018. Mike joined the FYRA team in February 2020. He has experience working on projects related to stormwater management, as well as hydrologic and hydraulic analysis.
Chris Furman, EI
Chris received a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May 2020. Prior to changing his professional focus to Civil Engineering, Chris earned a BA in Film and Video Studies at the University of Michigan and a Graduate Certificate in Hydrology at Portland State University. Chris joined the FYRA team in October 2017 while completing his degree and has experience with hydraulic and hydrologic analysis, water quality management planning, ground and surface water flow and quality monitoring, drafting of design details and construction plans, and wetland delineation.
Dei Rodriguez-Reverol, EI
Dei graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May of 2021 with a BS in Civil Engineering. Dei assists project engineers with drafting and plan document development, hydrology and hydraulics modeling, as well as field surveys and analysis.
Jacob Garder, EI
Jacob started at FYRA in September of 2020 as a student intern. He graduated in the Spring of 2021 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a minor in Environmental Engineering and has continued working for FYRA after graduation. He has experience with hydrologic and hydraulic analysis, levee design and certification, erosion control and design detail drafting. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys running and golfing.
Nick Petrow, Quality Assurance Manager
Nick earned his BS in Electrical Engineering in 1987 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He worked for several years for both a large midwest power company and a private engineering firm specializing in substation design and construction. When his father retired in 1992, Nick took the opportunity to run his family’s restaurant in Omaha which he successfully ran for many years. Nick returned to engineering as a Quality Assurance Manager for FYRA Engineering utilizing his skills overseeing a variety of water resource projects.
Rachel Schwarting, Administrative Assistant
Rachel earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education at the University of Nebraska- Omaha in 2015. She previously worked as an English teacher in the Papillion School District. Rachel joined FYRA in August, and she handles FYRA’s administrative needs, such as scheduling, planning, and marketing. Outside of work, Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband and two German Shepherds.