Meet the Team

We are a team of dedicated professionals, ready to do what ever it takes to make your business grow

Ace Keating

Ace Keating

Test Engineer; Chief Wheel Greaser

Before coming to CivilGEO, Ace was working as a freelance software developer doing work in .NET. Ace’s role at CivilGEO is to create and maintain test tools to ensure all of our products are in tip top shape. In his spare time, Ace plays bass and chills out at the Memorial Union Terrace.

Akhilesh Kumar

Akhilesh Kumar

Software Engineer; Impassioned .NET Developer

Did we mention that Akhilesh loves to program? Database, graphics, WPF, XAML, LINQ, MVVM, C#, C++, you name it—Akhilesh has done it! If anyone can tear Akhilesh away from his computer, he loves watching the latest action adventure movies and playing video games with his friends.

Albert Taylor

Albert Taylor

Senior Application Engineer; Customer Support Hero

Lost? Don’t stress, we have Albert here to help you find your way around CivilGEO products. With a comprehensive background in civil engineering and customer support, he knows where you need to go and how to help you get there. Outside of CivilGEO, his hobbies include bicycling and soccer. In his spare time, he loves to learn new things and spend time with his son and wife.

Anil Upadhyay

Anil Upadhyay

Quality Analyst; Pressure Tester

Did we mention that Anil likes to crash programs? Trying to put 10 lbs of flour in a 5 lb bag? Just in a day’s work. Anil’s best line is “Why can’t this do that?” Needless to say, our software is a lot stronger with Anil pounding on it.

Ashish Singhal

Ashish Singhal

Senior Software Engineer; WPF Major Leaguer

Having issues with WPF? Then Ashish is your man. He knows stuff that even Microsoft doesn’t know. Whenever someone gets stuck with something that they can’t sort out—Ashish can usually figure out what is wrong; or at least a work around. When not at work, Ashish loves catching up on the latest movies.

Ashok Mani

Ashok Mani

Marketing Manager; Photoshop Aficionado

Our resident marketing expert, Ashok maintains all of the marketing and website information for our users. Did you know that Ashok loves to race in road rallies? Just don’t tell his wife where that latest dent in the car came from.

Ben Edwards

Ben Edwards

Software Developer; Defender of the Coffee Mug

This Wisconsin native worked at AMD as a hardware design engineer before joining CivilGEO. When he’s not traveling around the globe to places that include Alaska, Galapagos, the Arctic Circle, Norway, Thailand, and China, Ben is hanging out with his two cats, Andes and Bolivar.

Brian Schmidt

Brian Schmidt

Engineering Coordinator; Civil Engineer BFF

Somewhere, a long time ago, Brian developed a crush on civil engineers. (Haven‘t we all…) He’s spent the last 10 years building networks of awesome, loyal engineers for global software giant BOSS International, and joined CivilGEO in 2012 to continue with his calling. Brian hates bureaucracy, and loves cutting through the noise and getting stuff done: whether he’s serving as the voice of the customer, or convincing you of the glories of Microsoft products.

Chris Maeder, M.S., P.E., CFM

Chris Maeder, M.S., P.E., CFM

Engineering Director; Chief Bottle Washer

The man with the plan. Chris started CivilGEO after 25 years in the civil engineering software industry. He’s also the guy with “and another thing” on the tip of his tongue—always brainstorming new ways to make the tools work better for civil engineers. Chris has headed up business development, software development, and engineering teams at other software corporations. CivilGEO is his third start-up. With the time he’ll save on engineering projects using our software, he plans to go sailing on Lake Mendota.

Dave Langer

Dave Langer

Software Developer; Chief Windows Evangelist

A self-described geek who eats, breathes and sleeps software development, Dave has been programming in some form or another since he first learned C++ in the eighth grade. Here at CivilGEO, Dave magically works the functionality of our software with a sleight of hand so smooth that you will never know how he does it. When he’s not in front of a computer, Dave is rooting for the Green Bay Packers and UW Badgers football teams.

Ghanshyam Pandey

Ghanshyam Pandey

Operations Director; Master of the Universe

Got a problem in the office? Ghan will get it fixed immediately! He keeps our organization running in tip-top shape. With a broad background and experience in accounting and finance, Ghan maintains the inner workings of CivilGEO and keeps our staff humming happy songs. Ghan keeps promising that when he retires he’s going to be a surfer beach bum—we are not sure if he’s pulling our leg or not.

Jason Phillips

Jason Phillips

Software Developer; Chief Bug Killer

As a teenager, Jason was an all-star baseball player known for smacking baseballs right out of the park. As an adult, Jason gives programming bugs the same treatment and blasts them to infinity. (… And beyond! Anyone?) He contributes actively to the open source movement, helping to create great free software for all.

Ishan Saxena

Ishan Saxena

Senior Software Engineer; Mr. Problem Fixer

Before coming to CivilGEO, Ishan worked at Keane in software development and support. Ishan’s role at CivilGEO is to make certain that all of the moving pieces in software development keep moving in the right direction. In his spare time (when he has any), Ishan can be found relaxing watching football and cricket with his buddies.

Kavi Gupta

Kavi Gupta

Software Engineer; Coffee Extraordinaire

With a name like Kavi, you have to be a coffee extraordinaire. He is always having us try the latest brew, whether it’s a café au lait to your standard cappuccino. Kavi is always wired with all of that caffeine. When he’s not in front of the computer monitor or the office espresso machine, he’s out with his friends catching up on the latest action movies.

Kirk Papamarko

Kirk Papamarko

Software Developer; Bike Rider Extraordinaire

Finishing his 4th year at the University of Wisconsin Madison, Kirk works with the software development team. Kirk is known for his hilarious t-shirts and great taste in pop culture. Kirk hopes to pursue a career in software development once he‘s finished with the university, and he’s definitely on the right track.

Mani Hrycak

Mani Hrycak

Product Manager; Globe Trotter

Mani‘s a seasoned product manager who’s worked at 3 companies in Silicon Valley. At CivilGEO, Mani acts as the grease between the wheels and makes sure the development team is able to fire on all cylinders. An avid photographer and conservationist, Mani also loves to scuba dive, and travel. Did we mention he loves his ergonomic keyboard?

Manish Dubey

Manish Dubey

Software Engineer; DirectX Enthusiast

Ever have one of the moments in a video game where you found yourself saying “How did they do that?” Well, Manish knows how they did it. His plan is to add all of that “cool stuff” into our engineering software. Why not make engineering software fun at the same time! Did you know that you can use a joystick with GeoHECRAS? Do you know where the cruise missiles are? Opps… that’s only for those Army Corps Engineer guys.

Meha Jain

Meha Jain

Software Engineer; Dark Matter Engineer

A die-hard pizza fan, she loves hard to solve problems and spends her spare time programming with the best of them on CERN Large Hadron Collider projects. Her specialty is dealing with huge (I mean humongous) data sets—finding the needle in the haystack. Got a spare Higgs boson you’re looking for—then Meha is your engineer!

Mitch Gillespie

Mitch Gillespie

Advisor; Technologist, Strategist and All Round Official "ist"

Mitch comes to CivilGEO via his former role as Managing Director at Omni Capital, where he led the initial venture investment into CivilGEO. His role with CivilGEO is to help us move to the next level of growth and keep us aligned to our strategic vision. When not involved in embarrassingly geekish conversations, Mitch can be found on the golf course.

Mohan Negi

Mohan Negi

Software Engineer; Happy Feet

When not out dancing the night away, Mohan is busy making certain that our software’s automated unit tests are running with 100 percent code coverage. Mohan also has a quiet side—white water river rafting. He has plans to use GeoHECRAS to scout out the best locations to go white water rafting.

Mohd Ahmed

Mohd Ahmed

Software Engineer; Dark Knight

A self-described Batman fanatic, Ahmed loves incorporating futuristic WPF technologies into our software. Did we mention where the grapple gun is in GeoHECRAS? Opps… That’s top secret—only available for government Army Corps Engineer types.

Nancy O’Leary

Nancy O’Leary

Operations Manager & Executive Assistant; High Priestess of Organization

Nancy joins CivilGEO to help Chris navigate the labyrinth of to-dos that encircles him. By day, she‘s a tech savvy busy body and by night, a passionate mom and proud puppy owner of a Schnoodle named Brooklyn. Since joining CivilGEO, Nancy discovered the key to Chris’ heart: Mallomars and Oreos (single stuffed!).

Pankaj Sachdeva

Pankaj Sachdeva

Senior Software Engineer; Gadget Freak

Want to know which smartphone is the best? How about which monitor is best for gaming? Well—simply check with our resident futurist Pankaj. While not tweaking the latest gadget, Pankaj is into adventure sports and travelling to far and unusual places.

Pankaj Singh

Pankaj Singh

Senior Software Engineer; The “Arnold” (like in Schwarzenegger)

Need to have something heavy lifted over your head? The Arnold (I mean Pankaj) is your man. When Pankaj is not lifting the heavy weights at the gym, he’s pumping up the heavy numerical computational algorithms in our software.

Peter Limeback

Peter Limeback

UX Lead; Chief Rantologist

Pete is multilingual, in that he can speak the widely different languages of design, UX, front-end, and back-end with equal ease. He has worked on high-profile sites for clients including AT&T, Kraft, and Goodyear Tire, and was one of the Senior Product Managers for MS Excel. He’s restless unless he’s learning new things, and keeps the user foremost in his mind when making decisions. Offline, Pete was a jazz musician in a previous life, and currently holds a black belt in Aikido (so not only is our code good, but our office is safe from intruders.)

Richard Bird

Richard Bird

Technical Support Engineer; Sender of Emails

Rich comes to CivilGEO with ten years of experience in technical support, primarily in the AutoCAD space. A fan of both software and hot sauce, Rich keeps things hot in the kitchen and cool when it comes to solving your problems.

Sara Presta

Sara Presta

Product Marketing Manager; Senior Director of Tea Procurement

Sara is a people-person, and her favorite people are civil engineers! After completing her Master’s degree in Professional Communication, Sara joined CivilGEO with her dog Penny Lane in tow. At CivilGEO, she can be found recounting inspirational stories she hears from our customers, and trying to convince the entire office that they should try loose leaf tea. Needless to say, Kavi and Sara don’t quite see eye to eye.

Sonila Rawat

Sonila Rawat

Software Engineer; Resident Facebook Engineer

Sonila is always trying to integrate civil engineering analysis with her latest Facebook posting. Done with your HEC-RAS analysis? Why not click a button and have the flood map results posted on Facebook for all your other engineer friends to check out! On a more serious note, Sonila is a gifted software engineer able to figure out how to make our software run the right direction.

Steve Doran

Steve Doran

Software Development Manager; Chief Nerd Wrangler

Steve comes to CivilGEO after a long spell leading large, diverse IT projects and programs ranging from enterprise custom application development to e-commerce implementations. His role at CivilGEO is to help us deliver kick-ass software, period. A new father and beginner yogi, Steve can sometimes be found at a yoga class, where he catches up on some much needed sleep.

Vince Stockdale

Vince Stockdale

.NET Developer; Señor Engineer

Vince once had dreams of becoming a firefighter and a hockey player. He quickly realized that fighting fires on ice skates wasn‘t the most common career track and turned his attention to computing. Vince is a self-taught programmer that prides himself on high quality, maintainable code. His two favorite websites are ‘Ycombinator.com’ and ‘CivilGEO.com‘. (I swear we didn’t force him!)

Vishnu Verma

Vishnu Verma

Quality Analyst; Big Bug Hunter

Vishnu stress tests our application, loading models with several thousand cross sections. We think that this guy has a bit of a dark side—he likes breaking things and trying figuring out where the weak spots in our software are. Needless, our programmers dive under their desk when they see Vishnu coming towards them.

Wai Chung Ho

Wai Chung Ho

Software Engineer; Ninja-in-Training

Trained in five martial arts, Wai keeps the CivilGEO office safe at night. She may have an uncanny ability to break things, but we better know her for her love of eating (especially soup), and her love of video games.