Donna Kohlan of Farris Engineering Receives SAME SMP Award

At Farris Engineering (, giving back to the community is part of their company’s commitment, so they are pleased to announce that Donna Kohlan, a fire protection engineer in Farris’ Omaha office, received the Student Mentor Award from the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) during a recent monthly luncheon.

“I was recognized for the many years I’ve volunteered in the SAME Student Mentoring Program (SMP),” said Donna. “I think it is a small effort that helps ensure the engineering discipline remains strong for the future.”

In 2006, Donna started mentoring middle school teams before moving up to the high school level. Following mentoring for several years, she was asked to start judging the local annual SMP competition and has been doing that for the past 10 years.

“I find this to be a very worthwhile and enjoyable program to volunteer my time,” she said. “The students are bright and imaginative, and I find I learn as much from them as they learn from the program.”

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