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, Vice President of Conferences, is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and is studying mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame. This is his first position with NAESC. He is very active in his Engineering Leadership Council at Notre Dame. Other involvement includes the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Baja Team, Engineers Without Borders, Bookstore Basketball, and the Archery Club. He hopes to pursue a minor in Engineering Corporate Practice and eventually an MBA.  In his free time, Chris enjoys hiking, camping, biking, reading, and playing soccer and basketball.

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Lauren Hyde

Central Ambassador      |      central@naesc.org


Lauren Hyde is a fourth-year studying Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at the University of Missouri. She is currently the Internal Vice President of Mizzou Engineering Student Council where she has also served as the Career Fair Director and K-12 Outreach Committee Head. Lauren has been involved in Global Brigades, Study Abroad, and coordinating the Lean Management and Six Sigma Certification Courses. She has worked as a Process Engineering Co-op for Bayer and is currently a Manufacturing Engineering Intern at Faurecia. Outside of school, Lauren enjoys playing volleyball, going to the movies, and hammocking. Last year, Lauren served as NAESC's VP of Conferences and she is looking forward to continuing her involvement in NAESC as the Central Regional Ambassador.

Nathaniel Niehues

Midwest Ambassador      |      midwest@naesc.org


Nathaniel Niehues, Midwest Ambassador is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and a Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a minor in International Engineering. This is Nate’s first year holding a position on NAESC. He is very active on his school’s Engineering Student Advisory Board (eSAB). Other involvement includes being a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Christian Student Fellowship (CSF) as well as being a Teaching Assistant for the Introduction to CAD and Solidworks course. Nate has also been an intern at Mass. Electric Construction Co. (MEC), a partner with Peter Kiewir Son's Inc., and Ayars & Ayars Inc. He hopes to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. In his free time he enjoys playing video games and board games, watching movies, TV shows, and YouTube videos, and going outside to camp, fish, and ride motorcycles.

Kirkland Porter

North Atlantic Ambassador      |      northatlantic@naesc.org


Kirkland Porter is the North Atlantic Regional Ambassador for NAESC and is pursuing a chemical engineering major and petroleum engineering minor at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also very active in the Pitt Engineering Student Council, organizing events and updating social media. After he graduates, he hopes to apply his degree in the field of materials science. In his free time, Kirk enjoys playing basketball, playing the piano, and staying up to date on the latest advances in a variety of fields including bulletproof materials, pharmaceuticals, and robotics.

Courtney Wessels

Southeast Ambassador      |      southeast@naesc.org

Courtney Wessels is a member of the Executive Leadership Team serving as the Southeast Regional Ambassador. Courtney is a senior at Louisiana Tech University majoring in Industrial Engineering. She is currently serving the LA Tech Engineering and Science Association for a fourth year where she has been Social Coordinator, Conference Coordinator, and Secretary. She is also involved on campus in clubs such as the Student Government Association, Sigma Kappa Sorority, Student Recruiters, and the Society of Women Engineers. Courtney has interned at Lamb Weston and General Electric, both in the Quality Assurance Departments. Outside of school, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time in the sun.

Alexa Sanchez

West Ambassador      |      west@naesc.org

Alexa Sanchez is a member of the Executive Leadership Team, serving as the West Regional Ambassador, and previously as the West Regional Public Relations Coordinator. Alexa is currently a junior studying Chemical Engineering at Arizona State University. She acts as a Community Assistant in the engineering dorm on campus, and does research in inorganic chemistry. Her hope is to work towards making the world more sustainable. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and trying new recipes to share with friends.

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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.

Julia Button - Vice Chair

Julia is currently employed as a Project Engineer for Marathon Petroleum Corporation in Salt Lake City, UT. In 2019, she graduated from the University of Toledo with a bachelor's in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Sustainability Studies. 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 goals that have set in place to help engineering college students be successful. In her free time, Julia enjoys playing a round of golf, hiking, skiing, playing the piano, and traveling to new, exciting places.

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.

Colleen Roosa - Director

Colleen is a PhD student studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her research interests include biomaterials for regenerative medicine and drug delivery. She graduated from North Carolina State University in 2019 with a B.S in Biomedical Engineering. While at NC State, she served on the Engineers' Council for 4 years and hosted the 2018 NAESC North Atlantic Regional Conference. Outside of the lab, she enjoys playing guitar, hiking the Blue Ridge mountains, and practicing yoga. 

Denislav Nikolov - Director

Denislav graduated from Cal Poly Pomona (CPP)  in May 2020 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan studying Mechanical Engineering in the subfield of biomedical and materials engineering. As a former VP of Recruitment and Recruitment Coordinator, he is looking forward to continuing involvement with NAESC. His prior accomplishments include performing vertebrae research at Cal Poly Pomona, bone composition mechanics at the University of Michigan, and bioelectronics at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Denislav also had prior internship experience with NASA JPL and Safran. He has served on many groups during his undergraduate career, including Tau Beta Pi, the Louis Stokes' Alliance for Minority Participation, the Northrop Grumman Collaboration Project, and the CPP Engineering Student Council. During his free time, he enjoys running, playing piano, and gaming.

Scott Schenkelberg - Director

Scott Schenkelberg is a Board of Directors member who served many positions within NAESC from 2013-2017 including Midwest Regional Director, VP Relations, and President and Chairman. He is from Omaha, Nebraska and received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After graduation Scott joined the Engineers in Leadership Program at Emerson where he worked for one year in both Atlanta, Georgia and Shanghai, China. He currently is based in St. Louis, Missouri and works at Emerson as an Operations Strategic Planning Analyst in addition to serving as the Global Chair for the LGBTQ + Allies Employee Resource Group. Scott is currently pursuing his MBA at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. He is also an avid foodie, loves to get outdoors, and is an accomplished traveler with 60 countries and all 7 continents under his belt.

Benjamin Hallstrom - Director

Before receiving his education, Ben Hallstrom served in the United States Marine Corps deploying three times before being honorably discharged. Ben attended Florida State University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science in 2014 and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2018. Currently, Ben is pursuing a Master's in Public Policy at Jacksonville University. Ben works as a mechanical engineer for the Navy's Fleet Readiness Center Southeast providing engineering assistance in the rework of aircraft components. Ben enjoys advocating for veterans and STEM education and initiatives. These passions have inspired Ben to volunteer for multiple veteran service organizations and hosting the NAESC Southeast Regional Conference in 2017. Ben is also launching STEM Veterans USA; a nonprofit focused on providing opportunities and outreach for veterans in STEM.

Seth Cattanach - Director

Seth is a computer engineering graduate of the University of Notre Dame and current technology analyst for Deloitte Consulting in Chicago; he previously served as NAESC’s Vice President of Technology and led the development of its GEAR member platform. Always curious about new technologies, his current projects relate to machine learning and computer vision and supplement a continued focus on back-end web development. Aside from professional and academic interests, Seth enjoys running, cross-country skiing, and backpacking – he is an avid supporter of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Wilderness and continually explores new places.

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, trying amazing and interesting new foods from around the world, riding motorcycles, and driving long distances while listening to audiobooks.

Mike McMeekin - Director

Mike is a member of the 2020 – 2021 NAESC Board of Directors. He is one of the founders of Engineering Change Lab-USA and currently serves as chair of the Board of Directors. He took on the role of ECL-USA’s first Executive Director in August 2019. McMeekin is also Senior Advisor to Lamp, Rynearson, an engineering, landscape architecture, and surveying firm headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.

Tannmay Agarwal - Director

Tanmay Agarwal is a Board of Directors member who studies Computer Science at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where he previously served as the Vice President for the Science and Engineering Student Board, a proud NAESC member council. Tanmay also serves as the Managing Partner of Atland Ventures and leads Matr, a non-profit organization that aims to use satellite data to investigate climate change. He hopes to pursue a PhD in Computer Science after graduation and build a career in research. In his free time, Tanmay enjoys watching stand up, watching Marvel movies, and cooking.

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