Our Leadership









Zach Long

President and Chair      |      president@naesc.org


Zach Long is pursuing a Master of Engineering (M. Eng.) in Bioengineering at the University of Louisville after completing a B.S in Bioengineering there in May of 2020. This is Zach’s third year being involved with NAESC leadership; he has previously served as the Southeast Relations Coordinator and Vice President of Public Relations. He is very active within his own student council where he currently serves as a co-conference coordinator for the 2020 Southeast Regional Conference and as a student advisor. Other involvement includes serving as an adult leader for Boy Scout Troop 167, based in Crestwood, KY. Zach has also completed three co-op rotations at Cook Medical on the Vascular Sustaining team. After completing his M. Eng. thesis on designing microfluidic channels, Zach plans to attend medical school. In his freetime, Zach enjoys any outdoor activity (e.g. hiking, camping, fishing) and cooking/trying new foods.

Sam Harvat

Executive Vice President      |      evp@naesc.org     

Sam Harvat is a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln studying Chemical Engineering. She’s been involved with NAESC since 2018, when she previously acted as the Midwest Relations Coordinator. Sam is very active in her own council, having served as the VP of Finance and E-Week Committee Chair. She is also very involved with her undergraduate research lab, partaking in the fabrication of organoid and complex μ (micro/nano)-scale biomimetic surfaces, focusing on in-vitro liver models. Off campus, she has been a chemical and materials lab intern for Lincoln Industries for the last two years. Upon graduation, Sam hopes to work in engineering sales and is interested in pursuing a MBA. In her free time, she enjoys walks, being crafty, and spending time with her friends and family.

Michael Kadus

Vice President of Finance      |      finance@naesc.org

Michael Kadus is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and is double majoring in Industrial Engineering and Finance at Purdue University. This is Michael’s first term on the Executive Leadership Team. He is very active in the Purdue Engineering Student Council. Other involvement includes Purdue Solutions, Purdue Student Government, and the Chicago Engineers’ Foundation. Michael has also been an intern at Exelon. He hopes to pursue an MBA or other advanced degree in the future. In his freetime, he enjoys exercising, cooking, reading, and playing with his Mini Doodle, Millie.

Emily Beck

Vice President of Public Relations      |      pr@naesc.org

Emily Beck is a member of the Executive Leadership Team as the VP of Public Relations and previously was the Midwest Finance Coordinator. She is a 3rd year mechanical engineer major with a minor of business at The University of Akron. She is also very active on Akron’s campus with the Engineering Student Council, SWE, Akron Club Soccer team, and as a founder of The Society of Sales Engineers. Emily has also taken on the role as a Project Engineer at Freshmark, pork production plant, and as an Application Engineer at The Timken Company. She will also be returning to The Timken Company as a sales engineer in the fall and hopes to pursue sales engineering as her full time career. In her freetime, Emily loves to travel, go on hikes, and try new things.

Cedric Clyburn

Vice President of Technology      |      technology@naesc.org

Cedric Clyburn, Vice President of Technology, is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and is a Computer Science major with an Entrepreneurship minor at NC State University. On-campus, Cedric is very active on the NC State Engineering Council in internal and publicity fields. Other involvement includes Engineers without Borders, being an Entrepreneurship and Engineering ambassador for the school, and Alpha Kappa Psi. Cedric has also been an intern for Red Hat, as well as having had experience successfully launching his own retail business. He hopes to pursue an MBA in the future and enjoys spending time backpacking or filming music videos.

Rachel Norton

Vice President of Marketing & Communications      |      comm@naesc.org

Rachel Norton is pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics & Statistics with a minor in Secondary Education at Louisiana Tech University.This is Rachel’s second year being involved with NAESC leadership; she has previously served as the Southeast Communications Coordinator. She is also involved in recruiting prospective students to her university as a COES (College of Engineering & Science) Ambassador. After completing her Bachelors Rachel plans on going to graduate school to get her Masters in Applied Mathematics and a PhD in Computational Analysis Modeling. In her freetime, Rachel enjoys hiking, photography, hunting, and kayaking.

Nathan Suman

Vice President of Recruitment      |      recruitment@naesc.org

Nathan Suman is a Junior at Arizona State University studying Computer Science. He has previously served as the Recruitment Coordinator for the West region of NAESC and is excited to implement what he has learned from that position to his new position as Vice President of Recruitment. He is also an active member of Fulton Student Council at Arizona State University which he joined during his sophomore year. He hopes to pursue his Master's degree in Data Science where he is interested in machine learning and its impact on the energy industry. In his free time Nathan enjoys playing and watching basketball, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.  

Christopher Uhran

Vice President of Conferences      |      conferences@naesc.org

Christopher Uhran is a member of the Executive Leadership Team as the VP of Conferences and is pursuing a mechanical engineering major at the University of Notre Dame.

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Tyler Thompson

Central Ambassador      |      central@naesc.org


Tyler Thompson is a senior at the University of Kansas pursuing a bachelor's degree in civil and 

environmental engineering as well as a minor in leadership studies. Born and raised in Topeka, 

Kansas, Tyler decided to attend school in state and stay close to home following the motto “not too 

far, but not too close.” Tyler has spent three years on the engineering student council at KU, previously as the activities chair and president, and currently as co-conference coordinator. Tyler is currently working in Kansas City for ARCO National Construction as a superintendent intern/coop. Outside of school he enjoys watching and playing all kinds of sports, his favorite sport being volleyball. He is currently a player and president of the University of Kansas men’s club volleyball team and also coaches for the Lawrence Landsharks, a local volleyball club.

Blake Casper

Midwest Ambassador      |      midwest@naesc.org


Blake is a senior Civil Engineer major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at Scott Campus. He interns at Olsson with their Road and Bridge Design Team. He is a member of both the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Nebraska Engineering Student Council at Omaha (NESCO). In his free time he enjoys building cars and going local car shows.

Alexandra Peck

North Atlantic Ambassador      |      northatlantic@naesc.org


Ally Peck is a fourth year student studying Biological Systems Engineering with a focus in biotechnology at Virginia Tech. She currently serves as the Director of Administration on her Student Engineers' Council for the second consecutive year. She is also very involved in her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi, and has served as their Junior Panhellenic Delegate. She is working in a Project Management Office this summer as well as working as a Research Intern/Shadow at New York University (NYU) in the cardiology division. In her free time she enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family. She is very excited to serve NAESC and the North Atlantic Region this year as Regional Ambassador!

Savannah Esteve

Southeast Ambassador      |      southeast@naesc.org

Savannah Esteve attends Louisiana Tech University, where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering and her Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification. She has served as President and Freshman Council Chair for Louisiana Tech’s Engineering and Science Association. She is also a member of Kappa Delta Sorority and several engineering organizations, including Tau Beta Pi, Society of Women Engineers, and Biomedical Engineering Society. Savannah enjoys working as a mathematics tutor and undergraduate researcher, and will be interning with Medtronic in Boulder, CO for summer 2019. Outside of school, Savannah enjoys traveling, hiking, sharing coffee with friends, and cheering on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs! She looks forward to serving as the Southeast Regional Ambassador this year.

Nancy Pham

West Ambassador      |      west@naesc.org

Nancy Pham is a senior at the University of Arizona studying Biomedical Engineering. She has served on her school's engineering council as President this past year and Director of Social and Outreach in the prior year. Nancy is excited to increase her involvement with NAESC as the West Regional Ambassador. She hopes to attend medical school and graduate school in pursuit of an MD/PhD combining her engineering background to solve problems and propel innovative ideas to practice in patient care. In her free time, she loves to learn about people and their cultures, eat, travel, listen to music (especially live!) and volunteer.

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Student Directors

The President, Executive Vice President, and VP of Finance all serve as student representatives to the Board of Directors.

Kalene Hanson - Vice Chair

Kalene works as a Mission Assurance Engineer for Northrop Grumman in Huntsville, AL. As a former VP of Communication and Regional Ambassador, she is excited to continue her involvement with NAESC. She holds a Masters and Bachelors in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University. Her prior accomplishments include interning with the Walt Disney Company three times, leading an engineering Alternative Service Break to Nicaragua, and founding a chapter of Women in Nuclear on campus. She was a proud member of many groups during her undergraduate career, including Tau Beta Pi, Alpha Pi Mu, and the NC State Marching Band.

Blake Schweiner - Director

Blake is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota, with degrees in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. He plans to utilize his education in industry before continuing on to Law School to pursue a patent law degree. Having served in every level of NAESC’s leadership, from regional recruitment coordinator, to Midwest Ambassador, EVP, and finally President and Chairman last year, he is excited for the opportunity to continue serving the organization. Now that school is over and the free time is abundant, Blake enjoys perfecting his trade of continuous dad-jokes and eating oodles of cheese curds.

Audra Bandy - Director

Audra Bandy currently serves as a Senior Transportation Planner/Team Lead for the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT), where she has worked since 2014. Previous to joining FCDOT, Audra spent nine years as an engineer in the private sector working on a variety of projects throughout the country, ranging from large interstate corridors, to multi-state bridge projects, to local sidewalk and trail improvements.

Audra has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), and is a licensed Professional Engineer. Audra currently sits on the TRB Roadway Safety Culture Subcommittee, and is a Board Member of the DC Chapter of WTS International, and is a member of ITE. She previously sat on the Executive Advisory Board for the WUSTL Mechanical Aerospace and Structural Engineering Department and served two consecutive, 3-year terms as the Advisory Board Chair for NAESC.

Julia Button - Director

Julia works as a Project Engineer at Marathon Petroleum. She recently graduated from the University of Toledo with a bachelors in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Sustainability. During her time in college, she was very involved in her college's engineering student council and other organizations. She previously served as the Midwest Information Management Coordinator in 2017-18. Julia is excited to continue working with NAESC to achieve all the amazing goals we have set in place. In her free time, Julia enjoys playing a round of golf, playing the piano, and travelling to new, exciting places.

Kathleen Wang - Director

Kathleen Wang is a first-year chemistry PhD student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She graduated in 2019 from the University of Minnesota and served on the ELT as NAESC's VP Communication during the 2017-2018 term.

Nicole Stahl - Director

Nicole graduated in May 2016 with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. She is a biomedical research engineer for the Emerging Technologies and Composites Lab at the National Institute for Aviation Research in Wichita, Kansas where she worked as an intern for 3 years.  Nicole served as the 2015-2016 VP of Communication for NAESC and this is her 2nd year serving on the Board of Directors. Beyond her involvement in NAESC, Nicole is a professional member of SWE and is a collegiate counselor to Wichita State’s collegiate SWE section. She also is a lead volunteer for the Lord’s Diner, a local provider of meals for the homeless.

Abdulhadi Syed - Director

Abdulhadi "AJ" Syed is a graduate of the Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering department at the University of Texas at Arlington, Class of 2017. After graduation, AJ joined the Operations Leadership Development Program at Legrand North and Central America, where he's had the opportunity to work on both production and productivity related projects at manufacturing facilities in New Jersey, Missouri and, currently, North Carolina. Within NAESC, AJ has served in the position of Central Recruitment Coordinator, Central Ambassador, and Vice President of Relations. In his spare time, AJ loves to travel, often meeting up with people from his NAESC days, try amazing and interesting new foods from around the world, ride motorcycles and drive long distances while listening to audiobooks.

Paulina Guzek - Director

Paulina graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May 2018 with a degree in Biological Systems Engineering. While in school, she was heavily involved in the Engineering Student Advisory Board (eSAB), ASABE, Fountain Wars, and served as the NAESC Midwest Regional Ambassador from 2017 to 2018. She currently works for Weston & Sampson, an east-coast based civil engineering consulting firm, in their Charleston, South Carolina office. She is a civil/environmental engineer working on their wastewater team and is planning to pursue professional licensing in the coming years. When not at work, she enjoys traveling, visiting her family in Chicago, petting dogs, kayaking, and binge-watching various shows.