Board of Directors

Jordan Reed

President | Sr. Manager of Operational Excellence, Benchmade Knife Company

B.S. Industrial Engineering, Oregon State University

9.04 Years of service | Program Graduate

Sarah Jones

Vice President | Civil Practice Leader, David Evans and Associates

B.S. Civil Engineering, Oregon State University

8.23 Years of service | Program Graduate

Jim Griffis

Treasurer | MECOP Emeritus Member

B.S. Forest Engineering, Oregon State University

23.97 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.

Steve Horvath

Secretary | Staff Aviation Systems Engineer, Garmin AT

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

21.05 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 nearly 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. 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.

Jeff Loftin

CECOP President | Engineer II, City of Gresham

13.3 Years of service

Andy Braun

CECOP Outgoing President | Conveyance Engineering Division Manager, Washington County/Clean Water Services

B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Notre Dame

11.08 Years of service

Andy has been involved with the MECOP program since 2003 as a mentor, alternate company representative, and company representative. He served as CECOP president in 2016-17 and 2020-21 and as a MECOP Board member 2016-18 and 2020-present. Andy is the former City Engineer of Middletown, Ohio from 1990-2002 and moved to Oregon in 2003 when he accepted a position with Clean Water Services, the sanitary and stormwater regional utility for Washington County. Andy finds it particularly rewarding to work in peer business relationships with former Clean Water Services CECOP interns.

Gary McGuire

Committee Chair - Business Disciplines | MECOP Emeritus Member

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Oregon State University

13.68 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.

Clint Clow

Committee Chair - Manufacturing | Manufacturing Engineer, Oregon Tool, Inc.

M.S. Industrial Engineering, Oregon State University

3.94 Years of service

Susan Hawksworth

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

9.91 Years of service

Susan is employed by Oregon Tool, Inc. (formerly Blount International) as a Human Resources Manager with Oregon Tool, Inc. where she supports the Corporate offices in Portland and two smaller facilities in Prescott, AZ. She has been with the company for over ten years, where she got her start as Corporate Recruiter. Susan is a graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in Public Administration and has a post-baccalaureate certificate in Human Resources from Portland State University. She has been supporting the MECOP program as a company representative for almost ten years and enjoys interfacing with all of the talented students that come through the program each year. Oregon Tool has been a member of MECOP for over 40 years and employs a number of former MECOP Interns.

Lester Tovey

Committee Chair - Public Relations | Sr. Operations Supervisor, Datalogic USA, Inc.

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

21.25 Years of service | Program Graduate

Les is currently the Operations Supervisor and Manufacturing Engineer responsible for the 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. Just a couple years 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 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” every bit as important as any other in the Engineering and Operations world.

Gordon Munro

Committee Chair - Retention / Recruiting (MECOP) | Senior Project Manager, Tetra Tech, Inc.

B.S. Civil Engineering, Oregon State University

16.13 Years of service

Since 1984 I have been a consulting civil engineer in Oregon working on public works infrastructure projects including planning, permitting, funding, design and construction administration in the fields of water, wastewater, storm water and transportation. I have also worked as city engineer on contract for seven communities assisting with development review, design standard development, CIP planning, small project design, water rights assessments, permit compliance, assistance with IGA's and other work as needed.

Eric Larson

Committee Chair - Student Support (MECOP) | Production Manager, A-dec

B.S. Industrial Engineering, Oregon State University

13.89 Years of service | Program Graduate

Eric currently works as a Production Manager for A-dec and has been with the company for 17+ years. Eric graduated from Oregon State University in 2000 and participated in MECOP as a student. During his time at A-dec, Eric continued to support the MECOP program as a mentor, company representative, and currently serves as a MECOP board member. There are currently over 40 MECOP grads working at A-dec.

Dave Seluga

Board Member | Owner, Servant Consulting LLC, MECOP Emeritus Member

B.S. Wood Science and Engineering, Oregon State University

16.15 Years of service

Dave has been a member of MECOP/CECOP since 2005 through various companies, serving as CECOP Vice–Chair 2011-12 and CECOP Chair 2012-13. He has been serving as the MECOP Student Support Committee since 2015 and was recently elected for a second term. Dave has served three terms as a MECOP Board Director in his varied capacities. One of Dave’s current assignments is to oversee the development of the MECOP Alumni Organization.

Steve Townsen

Board Member | City Engineer, City of Portland

B.S. Civil Engineering, Oregon State University

20.11 Years of service

Having been a High School teacher and coach before becoming an engineer, Steve greatly values the partnership between the students, companies and universities to enhance the education of future engineers that MECOP provides. Steve began working with MECOP in 2000 and has been the City of Portland’s Member Representative for the last 15+ years. Over the years he has served on many committees and in many roles including serving as the MECOP chair and twice as the CECOP Chair. The year Steve served as the MECOP chair he led the effort to convert MECOP into a non-profit. Steve is involved with the universities and serves on the Civil Engineering Advisory Board for Oregon State, Portland State and also the University of Portland. The City of Portland selects around 18 MECOP interns annually across multiple disciplines.