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Our Leadership









Logan Karls

President and Chair      |      president@naesc.org


Logan Karls is a senior at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities studying Materials Science and Engineering. On campus, he has been involved with his engineering student council for the past three years and conducts research on polymers as a form of drug delivery for possible gene therapy. This summer he interned at Bostik working in research and development for elastic bonding technologies. Logan is interested in pursuing either a PhD or MBA in the future. In his free time, he enjoys long distance running, water sports, and snow sports.

Kate Wegman

Executive Vice President      |      evp@naesc.org     

Kate Wegman is a fifth year Electrical Engineering student at the University of Akron. She previously served as the Vice President of Marketing & Communication. Kate is very active in her council on campus, serving as their president for three semesters, and is also very involved in Tau Beta Pi on campus. Throughout her time in school, she has completed co-op tours with Agratronix, Diebold Nixdorf, and Northrop Grumman in both R&D and Quality Engineering. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing with her dog. 

Zach Lindsey

Vice President of Finance      |      treasurer@naesc.org

Zach Lindsey is Mechanical Engineering student at The University of Akron where he also minors in Business. This is Zach's second term on the Executive Leadership team, previously acting as Vice President of Recruitment. He is very active in Akron's Engineering Student Council. Other involvement includes University Ambassador's, ASME, Engineers for a Sustainable World, the department of New Student Orientation, and Residence Life and Housing. Zach has also been an intern with Bridgestone Americas for the past two years working in product development. He hopes to pursue an MBA one day and in his free time enjoys basketball, hiking, and catching up with friends over good coffee.

Zach Long

Vice President of Public Relations      |      pr@naesc.org

Zach is a fourth year bioengineer at the University of Louisville. For the past two years, Zach has served as the Director of Community Relations and currently serves as the Services Vice President for Speed School Student Council. Zach has completed two semesters of co-op at Cook Medical in Bloomington, IN, serving on the Vascular Sustaining engineering team. Outside of school, Zach is active with the Boy Scouts of America; after achieving the rank of Eagle Scout in 2015, Zach has continued to serve as an adult leader and merit badge counselor for Troop 167 in Crestwood, KY

Seth Cattanach

Vice President of Technology      |      technology@naesc.org

Seth is a senior computer engineering student at the University of Notre Dame where he's also pursuing a business minor. He's currently serving his third year as the Director of Technology on Notre Dame's engineering council and especially enjoys development projects related to data science and machine learning. Seth is also a cross-country skier, a pianist, and an avid outdoor adventurer whose favorite vacation spot is Minnesota's Boundary Waters wilderness. After completing summer internships with Ernst & Young and the Naval Nuclear Laboratory, Seth is hoping to apply his technical skills to client projects in the consulting industry before pursuing an MBA several years down the road. He first became involved with NAESC at the Engineering Leadership Summit during his sophomore year, and he's excited to serve as the Vice President of Technology this coming year!

Anna Kluender

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

Anna Kluender is a senior Chemical Engineer at Notre Dame with a French minor. On campus, Anna is the Secretary for her chapter of the Society of Women Engineers and has served as the Secretary, Co-Vice President, and Senior Director of Regionals Planning for her council. Anna is also a Thermodynamics I & II tutor and Admissions Tour Guide. She interned with Dow in Midland, MI during Summer 2019 and plans to return as a Production Engineer in Fall 2020. She has been involved with NAESC since 2018, where she has previously served as the Midwest Communications Coordinator, and is pumped to take over the VP of Marketing & Communications position. In her free time, Anna loves to read, bake, and plan trips to Europe.

Denislav Nikolov

Vice President of Recruitment      |      recruitment@naesc.org

Denislav is a senior at Cal Poly Pomona (CPP) studying mechanical engineering with minors in both materials science and mathematics.Denislav is involved with various campus organizations, including the Engineering Student Council (ESC), Martial Arts Sports Club, Mud Run team, and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society. He served as Public Relations Officer of the ESC during 2017-2018 and Internal Vice President during 2018-2019. He has since become the first CPP ESC member to be elected as an officer for the National Association of Engineering Student Councils, serving as the Western Region Recruitment Coordinator during the 2018-2019 term. Denislav performs research at Cal Poly Pomona exploring the mechanics and materials science of vertebral fractures to better understand the effects of bone disease, primarily osteoporosis. Additionally, Denislav has exposure to bioelectronics research at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and biomineralized tissue research at the University of Michigan. Denislav also had prior internship experience with a NASA JPL robotics project, and an aerospace plastics engineering company. Denislav plans to attend graduate school for a PhD in mechanical engineering after graduating in spring 2020.

Lauren Hyde

Vice President of Conferences      |      conferences@naesc.org

Lauren Hyde is a junior studying Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at the University of Missouri. She has served as Mizzou Engineering Student Council’s K-12 Outreach Committee Head, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Head of Public Relations, and is a Lead Physics Tutor for the Learning Center on campus. She has been a key developer of the Lean Management and Six Sigma Certifications Program at Mizzou and she spent a summer in Italy studying and touring manufacturing facilities. Her favorite experience so far was her water & engineering brigade to Honduras with Global Brigades. Lauren is currently on a co-op with Bayer.

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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.