Board of Directors

Megan VanDelinder

President | HR and Recruiting Director, Concept Systems

B.S. Communications, Arizona State University

12 years of service

Megan began her work with MECOP in 2011 as an alternate member representative with Concept Systems, and later transitioned into the member representative role. In 2014 Megan was elected Public Relations Chair, a role she served for 2 years before being elected into the Vice Chair position in June of 2016. In July of 2017, she transitioned into the MECOP Chair position. Following serving as Chair despite cycling off the board, she continued to assist with special projects and initiatives, including the Hiring Committee during the Executive Director search which resulted in our current Director joining MECOP. As the HR & Recruiting Director for Concept Systems, Megan coordinates internally with managers for annual internship needs and is actively engaged in the MECOP program attending events as a member representative and with the board, including presenting at 407 lectures at Oregon State and University of Portland. Concept Systems has had a great relationship with MECOP over the past 12 years and continues to have exceptional interns. Concept Systems has hired numerous MECOP alumni during this time and continues to support and promote the MECOP program. Megan is a passionate supporter of MECOP and values the win-win-win approach to the program.

Jim Griffis

Vice President | MECOP Emeritus Member

B.S. Forest Engineering, Oregon State University

26 years of service

Jim is retired from practice, ending his career as senior vice president for a west coast based, 1000 person consulting engineering firm with offices throughout the U.S. Jim became involved with MECOP when more demand for civil engineering interns was expressed from industry (1998) and represented one of the six “founding” firms for the CECOP (Civil Engineering Cooperative Program) branch of MECOP. Jim is a past chairman of CECOP, having been involved with the program for 20 years now. Even in retirement, Jim strongly believes in the program and sees this small investment in his time as very small price to pay, working for and with those students who will take our place and become tomorrow’s leaders.

Sarah Jones

Treasurer | Civil Practice Leader, David Evans and Associates

B.S. Civil Engineering, Oregon State University

10 years of service | Program Graduate

Steve Horvath

Secretary | Staff Aviation Systems Engineer, Garmin AT

B.S. Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

23 years of service

Steve is a Staff Aviation Systems Engineer at Garmin AT where he helps define and develop state-of-the-art avionics. His MECOP involvement stretches back over 20 years in roles from being a mentor to his current position as MECOP board member and its Electronics Committee chair. His background includes leadership positions at Motorola and Garmin AT, and he currently sits on the Oregon State University EECS Industry Advisory Board Executive Committee. Starting from his experience of being a Kemper Scholar intern while attending the University of Illinois working towards his B.S. in Computer Science, Steve strives to balance the needs of the interns, the goals of the MECOP organizations, and the role MECOP takes toward providing experiential learning for students at the MECOP universities.

Mike Miotke

CECOP President | DOWL

M.S. in structural engineering from PSU, and B.S. in civil engineering from OSU

4 years of service

Born and lived in Oregon my whole life. Inspired by my uncle to become a civil engineer and design bridges. Worked for a geotechnical engineering and materials testing firm for 3 years during college. Then worked for Parsons Brinckerhoff in Portland designing and inspecting bridges for about 12 years, before joining DOWL 5 years ago where I manage bridge and roadway projects. DOWL (formerly OBEC) has been a long time member and support of CECOP, and I was eager to join as a mentor as soon as I got here. Ultimately that led to me attending member meetings, joining a subcommittee, chairing a subcommittee, and now becoming CECOP president and a member of the MECOP board. I’m very excited about this program and making it the best it can be.

Cody Kenny

CECOP Outgoing President | Principal, Evergreen Engineering

B.S. Civil Engineering, Oregon State University

11 years of service | Program Graduate

Cody attended OSU’s civil engineering program (BSCE) and was in the first class of CECOP in 1998. He completed internships at CH2M Hill (now Jacobs) and ATI. After graduating he went to work for ATI in Albany and served as a CECOP mentor multiple times. He moved to Evergreen Engineering in 2006 and became a Principal in the firm in 2012, at which time Evergreen joined CECOP. Cody is currently the Engineering Manager in the Eugene branch. Cody has been the member representative for 11 years and served as the CECOP president (and MECOP board member) in 2019-2020 and the 2022-2023 program years. He takes great pride in giving back to the program and in providing great internships for MECOP and CECOP interns at Evergreen.

Gary McGuire

Committee Chair - Business Disciplines | MECOP Emeritus Member

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Oregon State University

15 years of service | Program Graduate

Gary was one of the first Mechanical Engineers to go through the MECOP program and was hired by one of the two companies that he interned with. His career has been in product design and has managed design groups through new product development cycles including sustaining the product during manufacturing. He has brought MECOP to new companies and set up the Rand Sherwood Scholarship fund with OSAC when he was the committee chair of the Student Support Committee. Later he served as MECOP's Chair, during which two committees were created; the New Member Committee and the New Company Recruiting and Retention Committee (NCRRC) of which he is currently serving as Committee Chair.

Caithlin Kapsner

Committee Chair - Diversity | Assistant Director of Technology, Cambia Health Solutions

5 years of service

Caithlin is an Assistant Director of Technology at Cambia Health Solutions. Cambia has been active within the MECOP program for the last 11 years, with Caithlin as the Cambia member representative. Her career includes nearly 30 years in the computer science and information technology fields in a variety of industries, the last 11 with Cambia. She has chaired the MECOP Diversity Committee for the last 4 years. During Cambia’s involvement in MECOP, the organization has employed nearly 100 MECOP Interns and employes a number of former MECOP Interns full-time. Caithlin is passionate about the MECOP program and looks forward to continuing to serve Interns with guidance and a great hands-on educational experience as well as serving the goals of the MECOP organization.

Clint Clow

Committee Chair - Manufacturing | Senior Continuous Improvement Engineer, Oregon Tool, Inc.

M.Eng. Industrial Engineering, Oregon State University

7 years of service

Susan Hawksworth

Committee Chair - New Members (MECOP) | Human Resources Manager, Oregon Tool, Inc.

BA Public Administration, San Diego State University

12 years of service

Susan has been employed with Oregon Tool for over 12 years and since 2016 has been the Human Resources Manager supporting the Administrative and Manufacturing operations in Portland, Oregon, Prescott, Arizona, and Chandler, Arizona. Throughout her career, she has primarily been involved with recruiting and human resources. Susan has her bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University post-baccalaureate certificate in Human Resources from Portland State University. She has been supporting the MECOP program as a company representative for over ten years and has been on the Board of Directors since 2021. As the New Member Committee Chair, she helps new members navigate MECOP and prepares them for events throughout the year. She is proud to be with Oregon Tool who has been part of MECOP for over 40 years and employs a number of former MECOP Interns.

Michael Chin

Committee Chair - Student Support (MECOP) | Senior Project Electrical Engineer, EVRAZ North America

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering – Portland State University 1991

3 years of service

Michael Chin is a seasoned professional in the steel industry with over three decades of experience, serving as a Senior Project Engineer at EVRAZ's Flat Products Group. His commitment to nurturing talent within the organization is evident through his mentorship of young engineers and active involvement in the MECOP (Multiple Engineering Co-Op Program) as a Board of Directors member. Michael's educational journey, including pursuing an Electrical Engineering degree at Portland State University while working, showcases his dedication to continuous learning. He has spearheaded numerous greenfield projects, demonstrating his leadership in areas ranging from Glassification facility to large-diameter spiral pipe mills. Michael's profound commitment to fostering the next generation of engineers makes him an asset to the MECOP Board of Directors, contributing to the future of engineering education and co-op programs. In addition to his own achievements, Michael's family excels in engineering; his son, Ryan Chin, is a graduate of Oregon State University in Mechanical Engineering, and his daughter, Rachel Chin, is pursuing a degree in Bio Engineering while gaining experience through internships at Medline Renewal and ADEC, reflecting the family's shared dedication to engineering excellence and education.

Michelle Cramer

Committee Chair - Student Support (MECOP) | Production Engineering Manager, Boeing Company

4 years of service

Andrew Meier

Board Member | Senior Electrical Engineer, Air-Weigh

B.S., Electrical & Electronics Engineering and B.S., Business Administration Oregon State University

11 years of service | Program Graduate

Andrew is a Senior Electrical Engineer for Air-Weigh On-Board Scales with 25 years of experience in product design and project leadership. Andrew is passionate about teaching and encouraging the next generation of engineers. As a primary member representative and mentor for Air-Weigh since 2013, Andrew has served on the Student Support Committee and the MECOP Connect Task Force. Andrew began his association with MECOP as a student at Oregon State University, completing internships with Electro Scientific Industries and Sentrol. He graduated from OSU with B.S. degrees in Business Administration and Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Prior to his employment with Air-Weigh, Andrew worked for participating companies SAIF Corporation and Tektronix. Andrew and his wife Jenny have three children, who have all participated in MECOP as student interns.

Lester Tovey

Board Member | Sr. Operations Manager, Datalogic USA, Inc.

B.S. Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Oregon State University

23 years of service | Program Graduate

Les is currently the Sr. Operations Manager and Sr. Manufacturing Engineer responsible for the Production, Fulfilment, and Service Repair areas at DataLogic in Eugene, OR. Before graduating from OSU in 1998, Les completed two MECOP internships at A-dec and LMC West. Very shortly after graduation, he was appointed to lead the Student Support subcommittee and join the Board of Directors. Les was the first program graduate to be elected MECOP President, serving 2004-2005, and was recently chosen to again serve as President in the 2019-2020 cycle year. In two and a half decades Les has selected and mentored dozens of interns and firmly believes that being actively involved with MECOP is a “best practice” that is every bit as important as any other in the Engineering and Operations world.