About Us

Montgomery Associates: Resource Solutions, LLC

Founded in 1998 by Robert Montgomery
We specialize in water resources engineering and management, especially situations requiring interdisciplinary approaches and working with diverse stakeholders and regulators. Our think-tank atmosphere provides a flexible, diverse, and experienced approach to difficult water resources problems.

The Team

Christian Burnson, EIT
Water Resources Engineer
Christian Burnson, EIT

Christian has over two years of experience with hydraulic and hydrologic modeling, drafting grading plans and construction drawings, surveying, and preparing permitting submittal documents related to erosion control and stormwater management plans. Before joining MARS in 2013, Christian worked as a technician in the lab of Dr. Rebecca Larson at UW Madison conducting monitoring and analyses related to anaerobic digestion and agricultural runoff studies. Christian is passionate about sound engineering design and implementation and is enthusiastic to utilize cutting-edge methods to solve complex water resources problems.

In his spare time, Christian enjoys playing bass guitar in several local rock groups and enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, canoeing, and kayaking.

Steve Gaffield, PhD, PE
Hydrologist
Steve Gaffield, PhD, PE

Steve has over 20 years of experience in hydrogeology and water resources engineering. A Michigan native, he grew up enjoying Midwestern lakes, streams and forests. His understanding of northern landscapes was deepened through graduate research on an Alaskan glacier and Wisconsin trout streams. Two years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC developed his interest in the connections between urban planning, water resources and public health. Steve is former president of the American Water Resources Association Wisconsin Section and is active on University of Wisconsin research and geologic mapping advisory committees. He joined MARS in 2004.

Whenever possible Steve checks out watersheds with a bicycle, running shoes, cross country skis or stand up paddleboard and enjoys sharing these experiences with his wife and young daughter.

Debbie Hatfield, PE
Senior Engineer
Debbie Hatfield, PE

Debbie has more than 35 years of experience in consulting engineering, including design and construction engineering for development plats and sites, public and private streets and utilities, and stormwater management systems. She values her strong relationships with staff at state and local agencies, other consultants and contractors. Debbie’s experience in project management and construction grounds MARS’ innovative stormwater designs in the real world.

When she’s not tracking a million details for engineering projects, Debbie plays the clarinet in the Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod (WELS) Wind Ensemble and enjoys exploring Wisconsin’s historical sites with her family.

Nick Hayden, MS, GISP
Water Resources Engineer
Nick Hayden, MS, GISP

Nick has 11 years of experience working as a GIS analyst, hydrologist and water resources engineer. His love of the outdoors led him to an early career in GIS and hydrology, and his fascination with water movement and systems inspired him to return to school for a Master’s Degree in Water Resources Engineering. He joined MARS in 2015, where he has applied his GIS, geology and hydrology background to stormwater management, erosion control projects, restoration planning and water supply projects.

Nick can often be seen rolling into the office on his bicycle, and enjoys getting his fill of mountain biking, camping, drumming and family time.

Rob Montgomery, PE, D.WRE
Principal
Rob Montgomery, PE, D.WRE

Rob Montgomery has 35 years of consulting engineering experience in water resources, environmental and civil engineering projects. After working for several years in the United Kingdom, Rob moved to Madison where he worked on civil and environmental engineering projects at Warzyn Engineering. Rob opened the Madison office of Johnson Johnson & Roy, then spent three years with Woodward Clyde. Rob founded Montgomery Associates: Resource Solutions, LLC in 1998 to focus on surface water, groundwater, and water quality management. Rob is a Professor of Practice at the UW-Madison Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and is an active Urban Water Resources Research Council task committee participant.

When he’s not engrossed in hydrology or hydraulics, Rob enjoys spending time with his family, sailing, and experimenting with his bee hives.

Benjamin Nelson
Environmental Scientist
Benjamin Nelson

Ben has worked in consulting on environmental and water resources engineering projects for more than 15 years. He started his career completing hazardous waste site investigations and remediation activities, as well as providing engineering and oversight on several landfill and remediation construction projects. Since joining Montgomery Associates in 2005, his work has focused on environmental permitting, erosion control design, construction support, and water quality studies. His construction experience helps him communicate effectively with contractors and understand practical aspects of erosion control and other construction issues. Ben is a long-time member of the board of directors for the North American Stormwater & Erosion Control Association of Wisconsin (NASECA-WI).

A Wisconsin native, Ben enjoys exploring the outdoors on land and water with his children, camping, fishing, and hunting.

Russell D. Pietz, MS, PE
Water Resources Engineer
Russell D. Pietz, MS, PE

Russ has worked in consulting engineering since 1997, specializing in stormwater and erosion control permitting, site and land development engineering, and streets and utility construction for municipal, institutional and private clients. The scope of his project experience ranges across single lot retail sites, urban redevelopments, residential and multi-use plats, and medical and college campus projects. His background and skills include stormwater modeling, construction surveying, construction observation, and traffic modeling and intersection signal design. Russ’ years of experience with clients and projects partners as well as his service on the City of Madison Board of Public works gives him a unique perspective on the importance of communication among stakeholders and team members.

Russ was raised near Cleveland, Ohio and carries with him the perpetual sports-fan frustrations commensurate with that upbringing.

Ryan Stenjem, MS, EIT
Water Resources Engineer
Ryan Stenjem, MS, EIT

Ryan has a BS and MS in Biological Systems Engineering from UW-Madison, where he studied the potential impacts of cellulosic biofuel crop production on surface water and groundwater resources. Ryan joined MARS in 2012, utilizing his agricultural background and technical training working on non-point source pollutant analysis, GIS and mapping, civil engineering plans, stormwater and erosion control design and permitting, and flood modeling. Ryan enjoys the challenges that come with each project and the satisfaction that comes with finding a solution when given a complex set of constraints.

Ryan fosters his creativity through one home improvement project after another, and blows off steam in the local dart league.

Dane Wudel, EIT
Water Resources Engineer
Dane Wudel, EIT

Dane joined MARS in 2014 after completing his BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UW-Madison. He has developed a broad skill including water quality monitoring and analysis, hydrologic site design, erosion control, and construction observation. His experience as a Supplemental Instruction Facilitator, in tandem with his time collecting environmental data in Swaziland, has proven useful in communicating site conditions, design constraints, and feasible alternatives with clients, regulatory agencies, and other project participants.

Dane has a fascination with ancient sports and spends his free time competing with the local hurling club, which captured the 2015 NACB Junior C National Championship with his assistance.

Ryan Moe, EIT
Water Resources Engineer
Ryan Moe, EIT

Ryan joined MARS after completing his BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UW-Madison, with a minor in Environmental Studies in 2015. At UW, he studied a range of civil engineering topics including hydrologic design, water resource systems optimization and simulation, hydraulics, and environmental sustainability engineering. He also has experience working in construction project management in both general contracting and utility projects.

A local native, Ryan enjoys spending his free time doing outdoor activities, such as skiing when weather permitting. He has also started practicing photography.