The mission the group is represented by a pawl. A pawl is a mechanical device that when applied to power transmission equipment, prevents the equipment from moving backwards. Familiar applications would include clock movements (only allowing the pendulum to push the gears forward), winches (to prevent dropping the load) and automotive transmissions (putting into park). The pawl represents this engineering group, as we advance our application of knowledge and technology forward to create new and better solutions.

The Pawl Group is a collaboration of engineering disciplines focused on assisting their client partners achieve their business objectives through the effective use of capital. As consulting engineers, we apply our expertise and experience to all roles and aspects of project delivery. From initial project concept to commissioning, we partner with you to maintain project goals, schedule requirements, budgetary constraints and design standards.

Always Moving Forward

Our Engineers

Mike Rohde, M.S., P.E., C.G.D.




With over 30 years in the industry, Mike’s passion for engineering innovation stems from his earlier experience developing robots and rocket motors for NASA and serving in the U.S. Army as a Cobra and Blackhawk pilot. He holds Master of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mike is a Wisconsin Registered Professional Engineer and is also a Certified Geothermal Designer.


Mike has extensive geothermal experience, including a patent-pending undersized geothermal pond system. He also holds the patent on an industry-leading cheese plant milk to whey heat recovery system. In addition to designing chillers and packaged refrigeration skids, Mike designed the country’s largest custom-built ammonia refrigeration and heat recovery system. Mike also has a wealth of ice storage experience, including the design of one of the largest shaved ice thermal storage systems.


As Partner of The Pawl Group, Mike leads the charge to implement heat recovery and refrigeration systems, as well as ammonia-based systems leading to large energy savings.

Craig Bahr, P.E., CEM

Principal Engineer



Craig has more than 25 years of design, construction and engineering experience, working with complex mechanical and environmental systems. His education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduate coursework at Marquette University and the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Craig is a registered Professional Engineer, a Certified Energy Manager (Association of Energy Engineers), a LEED Accredited Professional (US Green Building Council), and a Six Sigma Green Belt.


Craig’s experience includes energy solutions for industrial and food processing customers in addition to extensive experience in a wide variety of projects from process heating and cooling to plant utilities to industrial heating and ventilation as well as water and wastewater treatment.  In addition to new construction projects, Craig also has vast experience overseeing retrofits and operational improvements, with careful consideration of process operations to minimize downtime.


Craig, Principal Engineer for The Pawl Group, leads the business development efforts, including evaluation of new markets and business growth strategies.  He also provides engineering support for process utility and energy efficiency/sustainability projects.

Todd Hammond, CEM

Principal Engineer



Todd has over 30 years of operations management, process engineering and project management experience in the food and beverage industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University, a Six Sigma Gold Belt and is a Certified Energy Manager (Association of Energy Engineers). 


Todd has managed projects ranging in size from small lighting upgrades to plant expansions to new greenfield plants. The diversity of projects has ranged from Corn Oil Solvent Extraction to Sugar Alcohol Fermentation to Cheese Manufacturing to Whey Protein Isolate. Todd is skilled at securing energy efficiency incentives and executing projects ranging from Steam Boiler Efficiency Improvements to Air Compressor Heat Recovery to Ice Slush Thermal Storage to Anaerobic Digestion with Biogas Green Electricity Generation. 


Todd’s responsibilities at the Pawl Group include oversite of the Process Engineering Group, directing project execution teams and developing sustainability/energy efficiency concepts.

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