Meet Our Board Members
Derek Smith, PE, President
Derek graduated from the University of Arizona in 2014 with his B.S. in Civil Engineering. He is currently a Project Engineer at Gannett Fleming with a total of six years of professional experience. At Gannett Fleming, Derek enjoys the opportunity to work on a wide array of projects and his experience includes traffic, roadway, and drainage design. He served from 2017 to 2019 as the YMF Community Service & K-12 Outreach Committee Chair. In his free time, Derek enjoys hiking, camping, playing music, and cheering on his favorite sports teams.
Parker Murphy, EIT, Vice President
City of Scottsdale
Parker Murphy is a Traffic Engineer-in-Training with the City of Scottsdale. He attended Oregon State University and graduated in June 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. He has been a member of ASCE since 2013, starting with the Oregon State student chapter in his freshman year. As a student member, he actively participated with the student and professional outreach committee to bring working professionals into classrooms to present on interesting topics, offer guidance for young engineers, and provide opportunities for continued involvement in ASCE. Outside of the engineering world and YMF, he participates in competitive adult basketball leagues as well as volunteer coach youth basketball for City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation.
Matt Hann, PE, Treasurer
Black & Veatch
Matt is a Water Resources Engineer at Black & Veatch with a total of six years of professional experience. He attended Arizona State University where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Civil Engineering with a focus in Water Resources Engineering. At Black & Veatch, Matt has had the opportunity to work on a diverse set of stormwater and drainage related projects including supporting water treatment plant expansions, scour evaluation and mitigation, dam safety, and regional planning studies. His involvement within ASCE dates back to when he served as Conference Coordinator, Vice President, and President of the ASU-ASCE Student Chapter. He has been involved within YMF over the past several years as the University Outreach Chair where he has helped setup a Mentor Program between the ASU-ASCE Student Chapter and the YMF. Outside of the office, Matt enjoys getting out for runs on the trails surrounding the Phoenix-area in preparation for his next ultramarathon.
Allie Charles, EIT, Social Chair
Burgess & Niple
Allie Charles graduated from Arizona State University in 2019 where she received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. She works at Burgess & Niple, Inc. and has approximately three years of experience working on transportation projects with a focus on traffic design and analysis. Her involvement with ASCE began with the ASU Student Chapter where she served as social chair and lead the concrete canoe competition under various roles during her time there.
Shane Gutknecht, PE, President-Elect
Southwest Traffic Engineering
Shane Gutknecht graduated from Arizona State University in 2012 where he received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Arizona with six years of experience. As a member of ASCE and YMF, he has volunteered for the annual fundraising committee since the inaugural year of the corn hole tournament. He was also a part of the advisory board and decision making process that led to the corn hole tournament replacing a long-running golf tournament. Shane is grateful to serve on the YMF board looks forward to continuing the great work that has been completed by the previous board and committee members.
Parker Murphy, EIT, Vice President
Southwest Traffic Engineering
Allison Sadow, PE, Secratary
Allison Sadow graduated from Arizona State University in 2017 where she received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. She is Roadway Design Engineer at T.Y. Lin International Group where she began as an intern and now has 5 years of experience on a variety of transportation projects with a focus in multi-modal systems. Allison began her involvement with ASCE in 2017 as a general member and decided to get involved in board activities two years later. She has served as the social media and government relations chair for 3 years for the younger member group and is co-chair of government relations at the state level for 2 years as well. As a member of YMF, Allison has actively participated in the annual fundraising committee since 2019 as well as multiple community outreach and social events. In her spare time, Allison loves to try new recipes and watch movies.
Michelle Contreras, EIT, K-12/Community Outreach Chair
Michelle graduated from Arizona State University in May of 2018 with her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. She currently works at Ethos Engineering as a Structural EIT. She was heavily involved in ASCE through the ASU student chapter as Community Outreach chair and as a planning committee member for the Pacific Southwest Conference in 2018. She also worked as an EPICS high school mentor for Cesar Chaves High School helping students with their engineering projects. She is very enthusiastic about encouraging minority representation in STEM particularity women. Throughout her bachelors, she has volunteered her time to Project Cure, Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, and K-12 outreach events. She is now involved with the ASCE YMF as the K-12/Community Outreach Committee Chair.
Miranda Sundblom, EIT, Historian and Government Liaison
Miranda Sundblom graduated from Arizona State University in 2018 where she received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. She is a Traffic EIT at HDR and has approximately three years of experience working on transportation projects with a focus on traffic design and transportation planning. Her involvement with ASCE began with the ASU Student Chapter where she served as the Pacific Southwest Conference transportation competition project manager and secretary during her time there. Since graduating, Miranda has been an active member of YMF, participating in social events, community service, and university outreach including Puppy Pals and being a mentor for the ASU mentor program. Miranda is also the Communications Manager for the HDR Phoenix office’s Young Professionals group. In her free time, Miranda enjoys hiking, playing music, gardening, and spending time with her husband and two cats.