Key Tech’s 2019 New Hire Introductions

2019 was a record year for Key Tech as we hired seven new technical and administrative staff members.  Each team member brings a unique skillset and background to our group which helps us to fulfill our mission of doing interesting work with people we enjoy. Learn more about our new team members below!  We can’t wait for you to meet them and benefit from their passion to make a positive impact on world.

Matt Masison, Mechanical Engineer
Graduated from: University of Maryland
Hometown: Bethesda, MD

• Why did you pick Key Tech?
Key Tech is a company that really cares about its employees and seemed like a great place both to challenge myself and to make a positive impact.

• What do you like best about Key Tech?
Collaborating with other Key Tech employees on tough, interesting design challenges.

• Favorite project work so far?
Working to get CoolStat devices ready for clinical trials.

• What are you excited about in 2020?
Continuing to expand my design knowledge and work on exciting new projects.

• If you could have an unlimited supply of something what would that be?
Different shoes so I could wear a fresh pair every day.

Drew McMenamin, Computer Engineer
Graduated from: University of Maryland
Hometown: Annapolis, MD

• Why did you pick Key Tech?
Key Tech stood out as the most unique company in my job search and had by far the most fun interview process!

• What do you like best about Key Tech?
I love the people at Key Tech. Everyone is extremely intelligent when it comes to technical work, but they still know how to have a good time!

• Favorite project work so far?
My favorite project that I have worked on so far involved creating a mobile app that accompanies a prototype for a wearable infusion device.

• What are you excited about in 2020?
In 2020, I am excited to work on developing new, cutting-edge devices in the medical space.

• If you could have an unlimited supply of something what would that be?
If I could have an unlimited supply of something, I would want an unlimited supply of carbon nanotubes so that I could build a space elevator and become the next Elon Musk. But you know, with elevators.

JoAnna Detweiler, Computer Engineer
Graduated from: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Hometown: Kintnersville, PA

• Why did you pick Key Tech?
My internship with Key Tech was one of the most fun and rewarding experiences I’ve ever had! I learned so much more than I ever thought I could in one summer, and I want to continue to develop my career by doing work that interests me.

• What do you like best about Key Tech?
The company culture! Everyone is very positive and willing to help other people out.

• Favorite project work so far?
My favorite project has been developing code for an internal software tool called Key#. As the application acquires new features, I get to see more and more people (clients and internal users) benefit from using it! Learn more about Key# in our blog post here.

• What are you excited about in 2020?
Getting to work on new, innovative projects that will challenge me to expand my skill set.

• If you could have an unlimited supply of something what would that be?
Honey-baked ham–it’s so good.

Tyler Schroeder, Mechanical Engineer
Graduated from: University of Maryland
Hometown: Bel Air, MD

• Why did you pick Key Tech?
I picked Key Tech because it checked off all of the boxes for what I was searching for in a company. To name just a few: engaging design work, great company culture, employee-first mentality, and a truly unique work environment.

• What do you like best about Key Tech?
I love how the company’s flat organization allows new hires to take on meaningful responsibilities right out of the gate. I feel like my contributions are important and my voice is heard.

• Favorite project work so far?
I have really enjoyed designing and building a complex electro-mechanical device that includes thermal, pneumatic, and motorized subsystems.

• What are you excited about in 2020?
In 2020, I’m excited to transition to the beta phase on the main project I have been working on during my first year. I’m interested to see how we tie together each of the complex subsystems used in the alpha phase and package everything into a device that has the look and functionality of a commercially viable product.

• If you could have an unlimited amount of something what would that be?
Microwavable pizza bites…you can never have too many.

Michael Bielawa, Industrial Designer
Graduated from: Thomas Jefferson University (formerly Philadelphia University)
Hometown: Beaver, PA

• Why did you pick Key Tech?
I saw that Key Tech was on the list for a career fair at school, so I submitted my portfolio. It snowed on the day of the career fair so many companies couldn’t attend. I believe Key Tech was one of them. A month or so passed and someone from career services emailed me saying they were interested in setting up an interview. I interviewed and got an internship. After the internship, I decided to apply for a full-time position because I enjoy the diversity of work.

• What do you like best about Key Tech?
The relaxed open environment is great to get in my creative headspace.

• Favorite project work so far?
I like creating concept renders, whether that is done with a 3d model or by hand. I just like thinking of what and how to show something.

• What are you excited about in 2020?
Gaining the trust of all office dogs.

• If you could have an unlimited amount of something what would that be?
If I could have an unlimited supply of anything it would be sarcasm. Oh wait, I already have that. Good question. Alternate answer: Clones. I could summon them at will, and they can do all things for me. Sort of like that film What Happened to Monday, but without the dystopian thriller vibes.

Naima Ali, Junior Accountant
Graduated from: Baltimore Community College for Accounting and University of Baltimore for Real Estate and Economic Development
Hometown: Baltimore, MD

• Why did you pick Key Tech?
My first impression of Key Tech was that it was a relaxed and flexible environment that nurtured creativity and strived for inclusion across all disciplines and that made my decision easy.

• What do you like best about Key Tech?
The scheduling flexibility.
• What are you most excited about in 2020?
I’m looking forward to the potential implementation of paperless processes and procedures.

• If you could have an unlimited amount of something what would that be?
Interest-free investment capital 😊

Teresa Smith, Chief Financial Officer
Graduated from: Penn State University
Hometown: Bellefonte, PA

• Why did you pick Key Tech?
Small company with interesting and exciting culture.

• What do you like best about Key Tech?
Working with leaders that care more about the people than the bottom line.

• Favorite project work so far?
Working on the ESOP.

• What are you most excited about in 2020?
Streamlining administrative processes to make life easier for everyone.

• If you could have an unlimited amount of something what would that be?
Easy – pizza 😊

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