President – Zach Hutcheson
Zach graduated from Drexel University Spring of 2016 with B.S. in Information Systems and a Minor in Entrepreneurship. While at Drexel, Zach was heavily involved with the local KTE chapter. He was inducted fall 2014 and elected to become President of Drexel’s Chapter Spring 2015. Hutcheson completed his first of three co-ops at Drexel University’s Information Resources & Technology center as a walk up help desk technical analyst, followed by executive support role at the National Board of Medical Examiners. His last co-op was completed at Comcast March 2015, where he has worked part time through graduation developing a co-op on boarding and success program. Following his graduation and a vacation to Greece, Zach has begun workings at Comcast full time.
After serving as the KTE National Fundraising chair for the 2016-2017 academic year, Mr. Hutcheson was elected to become KTE’s National President at the 2017 national convention at Florida Institute of Technology. His experience as Drexel’s chapter president and background in entrepreneurship offers a strong foundation for national growth. Zach would like to see KTE’s mission grow and connect with both active and prospective students, assisting in rebranding the organization, and building communication through both the National Board and the local chapters.
Vice President – Ryan Davis
Ryan graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2016 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Ryan completed a one term co-op in 2011 with Shell, in 2013 with Styrolution, in 2014 with ExxonMobile Corporation, and in 2016 with Phillips 66. Ryan is now employed full-time with Phillips 66 as a Process Engineer in Mont Belvieu, Texas.
During his time at UT, Ryan heavily invested his time KTE and in recruitment for the chapter. He was elected Vice President of KTE at the 2017 National Convention.
Ryan intends to focus his time as Vice President on encouraging the development of new, potential KTE chapters at universities around the nation and aiding chapter leadership in expanding membership at current KTE chapters. In addition, Ryan would like to develop a new mission within KTE encouraging members to give back to their student communities by sharing the unique perspective and knowledge they have gained through their work experiences.
National Secretary – Alex Cabinian
Alexander Cabinian graduated from Drexel University in 2008 from the College of Engineering with a B.S. in Computer Engineering. As an undergrad, Alexander did three co-op experiences with Drexel University, AmeriQuest Transportation Services and GlaxoSmithKline, all in IT and Networking positions. After graduation, Alexander worked at GlaxoSmithKline as a Network Performance Analyst before moving to Comcast in 2010. Now, he is a Senior Quality Assurance Engineer at the Downingtown, PA office. for the Streaming Services Team within the Technology & Product organization.
Previously, Alexander served as Webmaster of the Theta (Drexel) chapter as well as for the National Organization from 2005-2012. After a year as the Presidential Advisor in 2015-16 and as National Secretary in 2016-2017, Alexander was elected as the National Secretary at the 2017 Convention at Florida Institute of Technology. KTE as an organization and society gave Alexander a leg-up on his peers and provided him the tools and skills needed to be successful in the professional world. As a result of the impact the organization has had, he is looking forward to providing past professional experience and serving as a mentor to up and coming students from all chapters. Additionally, he is looking to reach out to alumni to re-engage them in the organization.
Treasurer – Bas Hoppenreijs
Bas Hoppenreijs graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2016 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Bas completed a two term co-op in 2014 with Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants. Baker is a small process safety consulting company out of Houston, Texas. He then completed a summer internship as a process engineer at an oil refinery with Flint Hills Resources in Corpus Christi, Texas. Bas recently started working as a full-time process engineer with Formosa Plastics out of Point Comfort, Texas.
During his time at UT, Bas heavily invested his time in organizations such as Engineers Without Borders, Projects With Underserved Communities, and others. After the completion of his coop, Bas was elected the KTE Treasurer of the UT Austin chapter where he served until graduating in the spring of 2016. After serving as the National Vice President for the 2016-2017 academic year, Bas was elected National Treasurer of KTE at the 2017 National Convention.
Bas intends to focus his time as Treasurer on encouraging the Fundraising Chair and the Recruitment Chair to work together in forming recruitment strategies both for local chapters and Corporate communications. In addition, Bas would like to develop a new mission within KTE encouraging members to give back to their student communities by sharing the unique perspective and knowledge they have gained through their work experiences.
Recruitment Chair – Mary-Kate Wintz
Mentorship Coordinator – Brandon Eng
Brandon will be graduating from Drexel University in Spring 2017 with a B.S./M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, concentrating in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering. The co-op experience and a practical education has been a huge part of Brandon’s university journey as he completed 3, 6-month co-ops while at Drexel. He completed his 3 co-ops at Avid Radiopharmaceuticals (Manufacturing & Operations), Comcast Corporation (Predictive Analytics), and Thomson Reuters Intellectual Property & Science Division (Marketing Analytics).
Brandon has been a member of Drexel’s KTE chapter for over two years, participating frequently as a speaker at Freshman Co-op 101 classes and helping coordinate career fairs at the university. Brandon was elected Mentorship Coordinator Chair during the 2017 National Convention at Florida Institute of Technology and he hopes that he can share his own co-op experience with more students and promote practical education. Brandon would like to see KTE grow into an far-reaching organization that provides the tools for professional success and be an organization where its members are teachers and students to one another.
Fundraising Chair – Alex Mariner
Alex will be graduating from Drexel University Spring of 2017 with B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. While at Drexel, Alex was heavily involved with the local KTE chapter. He was elected to become President of Drexel’s Chapter Spring 2016. Alex completed his first three co-ops at Stryker Orthobiologics as a Quality Engineer and a Manufacturing Engineer. His last co-op was completed at Chatham Financial Corporation in March 2016, where he worked as a client advisory intern.
Alex was elected to become National Fundraising Chair at the 2017 national convention at Florida Institute of Technology. His experience as Drexel’s chapter president and interest in corporate communications offers a strong foundation for national sponsorship. Alex would like to see KTE’s fundraising efforts expanded to include corporate sponsors and alumni, as well as create a best practices and fundraising toolkit of success for current and future board members.
PR & Marketing Chair – Amyra Reyes
Amyra Reyes is a graduating senior at Drexel University with a B.S. in Graphic Design and minor in Writing. She completed a one six-month co-op as part of her program requirements at Drexel. She worked as part of a small Graphics team in the marketing department at Penn Mutual Life Insurance. Amyra spent her time designing marketing and promotional materials for in house as well as sister companies and larger campaigns.
Amyra was elected PR & Marketing Chair after a fully year of membership during the 2017 National Convention at Florida Institute of Technology. She hopes to utilize her visual communication skills to re-brand the name of KTE and expand the society’s chapters. Amyra also served as the event coordinator on Drexel’s executive board for KTE.
Webmaster – Michelle Endsley
Michelle Endsley will be graduating from The Ohio State University in May 2017 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. She has completed a total of seven co-op rotations, one at Speedway LLC and six at WD Partners. She will be starting work during the summer of 2017 at Harris Corporation as an Space Intelligence Electrical Engineer in Melbourne, Florida.
Michelle joined KTE in 2015, and was elected Secretary the following Spring semester. She served as the local Mentorship Development Coordinator for the 2016-2017 academic year at The Ohio State University, and was elected Webmaster at the 2017 National Convention. Her goals for this year are to continue updating the national website and to coordinate with the Document Supervisor on integrating new organizational skills as a communication tool with local chapters. She will also strive to increase traffic to the website by coordinating with the Fundraising Chair on corporate sponsorship and advertising these as such.
Presidential Advisor – Michael Cherry
Michael Cherry graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2015 from the Cockrell School of Engineering with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering. He also completed his first undergraduate degree at Lyon College (Batesville, AR) with a B.A. in Mathematics. Michael finished three co-op terms with L-3 Communications Mission Integration in Greenville, TX. He started working as a full-time mechanical engineer with L-3 Communications during the summer of 2015. L-3 Communications is a top-ten aerospace and defense contractor that provides ISR platform integration services to its customers.
After serving as the KTE national Vice President during the 2015-2016 academic year and as the KTE President during the 2016-2017 academic year, Michael was elected Presidential Advisor of KTE at the 2017 National Convention. Michael’s primary goals for this year are to build the 300 club, assist the President, and communicate with local chapters on recruitment and various other topics. KTE is already an organization steeped in excellence and tradition, and is in a position to grow into a well recognized professional honor society.
Because higher education has become such an expensive burden for students, Michael has a passion for encouraging college students to take advantage of the financial benefits that cooperative education programs provide.