From swimming and kayaking to hydraulic modeling and fish passage design, Shayna Hamel, EIT, loves all things water.
Shayna is proHNS’s newest hire and a recent Environmental Engineering graduate of Colorado State University. With several ecological and hydraulic engineering positions already under her belt, Shayna’s experience in storm water, fish passage, and water treatment plan design made her a must-have addition to the proHNS roster.
“The biggest thing that jumped out during Shayna’s interview was her passion for her professional interests,” said proHNS Principal Engineer and Manager Garret Gladsjo, PE. “She described being so passionate about fish that her evening nightstand reading materials were typically technical papers and journals on aquatic habitat and fisheries biology.”
Shayna’s experience includes time as a River Restoration EIT with Stantec and as a Hydraulic EIT with Tetra Tech, both in Fort Collins, CO. In 2020, she moved to Alaska, where she ran the ecological research division of a hydrologic basin in the remote Northwest region of the state. Shayna then moved on to Anchorage, and as a Fisheries Biologist with the USFWS, oversaw the Mat-Su region’s salmon habitat restoration projects.
“Knowing how important our aquatic resources are here in Alaska, and recognizing the growing demand for engineering services to support fish passage improvement and fisheries restoration projects in our region, her professional passions are directly connected to a growing market,” Garret said. “Tapping into Shayna’s skills and the knowledge she has developed in support of her professional passions will allow proHNS to step into and become a leader in the fish passage design and aquatic habitat projects.”
Shayna grew up on the Guadalupe River in Texas, which started her love affair with water. In college, she ran the fly fishing club and discovered a new passion for the intersection of fisheries and engineering. When she isn’t working with fish during the day, she spends her free time running the only Alaska women’s fly fishing community on Instagram, which she uses to teach beginners and stage local events for anglers and environmental enthusiasts alike. She can also be found mountain biking, backcountry skiing, spearfishing, and whitewater kayaking with her husband Ben and Irish Setter Banjo.
Shayna recently moved to Juneau for her new position with proHNS, but will spend most of the 2022 season living and working in Haines.