Kyle Cortiana Hired to Lead Freese and Nichols’ Stormwater Services in Oklahoma
Freese and Nichols, Inc., welcomes Tulsa native Kyle Cortiana, PE, CFM, as Stormwater Discipline Leader in Oklahoma. His experience in hydraulic and hydrologic computer modeling and longstanding relationships within the community will enhance our ability to provide stormwater solutions for municipalities in the region. He is poised to support large-scale stormwater initiatives companywide, and his skills complement the firm’s water/wastewater and transportation projects.
Over the last decade, Kyle has led a range of stormwater projects, including H&H modeling for flood insurance studies, master drainage plans, new bridges and detailed floodplain mapping. He has developed strong relationships with multiple public entities and has successfully completed projects for Cities including Tulsa, Claremore, Stillwater, Okmulgee Owasso and Sapulpa; the Oklahoma Department of Transportation; the Tulsa Airport Authority; and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Kyle is proficient with a variety of hydrology and hydraulics tools and software packages, including HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, PC-SWMM, GIS and CAD.
“Kyle has a unique combination of highly technical knowledge and a personable character, which helps him assist clients with their complex stormwater projects,” said Tricia Hatley, Oklahoma Division Manager. “His extensive experience, wholesome personality and strong ties to the Tulsa community are a special mix that will benefit our clients.”
Scott Hubley, North Texas Stormwater Group Manager, said Kyle would be a tremendous asset to the stormwater team, and “his location in Tulsa will improve our stormwater services in Oklahoma as well as provide additional depth of resources for our team in North Texas and beyond.”
In addition to his engineering accomplishments, Kyle has gained acclaim as a top professional bass angler. He regularly travels across the nation to compete in the Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) Tour. In 2016, FLW named him Costa Angler of the Year in the Southwest Division.
Through his FLW platform, Kyle also has raised funds for children’s fishing programs, partnered with programs that focus on individuals with special needs, presented motivational speeches to students and supported veterans-assistance programs.
Kyle received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Oklahoma State University.