Aryan Lirange (B.Eng’93) was known for his compassion, helpfulness, witty humour, and calming demeanor. Colleagues considered him a beloved friend. The Division Office of the Federal Highway Administration of Arizona, where he served for 20 years, arranged for a U.S. flag to be flown over the Arizona State Capitol in his honour, and presented it to the family.
Following graduation, Lirange worked in air force bases in the U.S. and Germany. In 1996, he married Karen Amidore in Mesa, Arizona. He was hired by the Federal Highway Administration of Arizona in 2002. There, he was a leader in providing technical assistance to state and local governments and tribal-owned lands for the design, construction, and maintenance of the highway system.
Lirange oversaw the development and delivery of several major projects, one being the $1.9B South Mountain Freeway, the largest highway transportation project in state history. He contributed to the environmental analysis of the Interstate 11 corridor. Lirange’s last project was the I-10 Broadway Curve, that will reconstruct eleven miles of congested intersections on the Phoenix metropolitan interstate. Because of his outstanding achievements he earned many awards during his 20 years with FHWA.
Lirange leaves his wife, Karen, and their two children, Aiydn and Eliy. Aside from sports, Lirange taught his children life lessons that have helped them become successful people in the world. He shared his love of travel with his family, taking them across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. His family will strive to continue his legacy, living life to the fullest.