The Leadership Team

All of Prairiefire's staff have come from positions requiring knowledge sharing, leadership of professional and student teams, and meeting time sensitive industrial solutions.  We think you will always be impressed with both our technical ability to solve your industrial problem, and our ability to teach your future staff through our Intern Hosting program.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions about our service offerings, or student on campus internship programs at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Michael Lopez: Founder and Principal Engineer
Founder of the Caterpillar Champaign Simulation Center Design and Statistical Analysis Teams.

Drew Coverdill: Founder and Lead Analyst

Robert Coverdill: Director of Business Development
Retired director from the University of Illinois Mechanical Science and Engineering Department.

Our Intern Hosting Program Mentors support Prairiefire in addition to their other activities.
  • Walt Lohmann: Retired manager of the Caterpillar Champaign Simulation Center.                         
  • Don King: President of consulting services at VPDS, Inc.                                                           
  • Alan Carroll: CEO at Network Geographics.