Meet Our Board Members

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Cynthia Alvarez, PE, President
Burgess & Niple

Cynthia graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2015 where she received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. She works at Burgess & Niple, Inc. and has approximately four years of experience working on transportation projects with a focus on roadway design. Her involvement with ASCE began with the NAU Student Chapter where she served as a conference coordinator and treasurer during her time there. In the past she served as the Education (K-12) Outreach Chair and Secretary for YMF. As a member of YMF, Cynthia has actively participated in education, community outreach, and social events such as Future Cities, E-Week at the Science Center, and MATHCOUNTS. In addition, she served as part of the committee that plans the annual YMF fundraising event.

Shane Gutknecht, PE, Vice President
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.

Matt Hann, PE, Secretary
Black & Veatch
Derek Smith, PE, President-Elect
Gannett Fleming

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, Secretary
Southwest Traffic Engineering

Parker Murphy is a Traffic Engineer-in-Training at Southwest Traffic Engineering (SWTE), where he has been since September 2017. Before starting at SWTE, 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.

Since moving to the Phoenix Area and becoming an increasingly active member with the Phoenix YMF. His time in ASCE, at both the student and young professional levels, has provided indisputable evidence that the whole of ASCE and membership of the PBYMF offer a foundation suitable for continued success and education in the engineering world. 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 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.