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Industrial Advisory Board

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is fortunate to have a dedicated group of distinguished civil and environmental engineers to advise the Department on matters related to research, development, curriculum, cooperative education, student organizations, and other important functions related to our department's mission. The Industrial Advisory Board (I.A.B.) meets regularly with administrators, department faculty and students to learn about department activities. The I.A.B. provides important feedback and input on the current and future needs of industry, government and academia as it impacts the preparation we provide for our graduates.

The Department's I.A.B. also takes a leadership role on new initiatives that require further liaison with our alumni and cooperative work employers. For example, some members of the I.A.B. recently identified a growing need for additional training of our graduates in the area of written and oral communication. They initiated a fund-raising campaign to address this specific need, and worked closely with the Department to implement a comprehensive program across our curriculum that systematically develops communication skills as our students move through the program.

The following individuals currently serve on the Department I.A.B.:

Mr. Frederick Aufiero
Aufiero Engineering & Counsulting LLC, Bedford, MA
Fred Aufiero, P.E. (B.S.C.E. 1967) has been a practicing engineer since 1967 working on civil, environmental, and building projects. He was employed by SEA Consultants, Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts for 40 years and was President and CEO for 12 years. In 2011, he formed a new company – Aufiero Engineering & Consulting LLC, for which he currently serves as President. During the course of his career, he has had responsibility and oversight for hundreds of millions of dollars of construction projects and has provided extensive service as an expert witness.
Mr. Craig E. Barnes
CBI, Dorchester, MA
Craig E. Barnes, P.E., SECB (B.S.C.E. 1966, M.S.C.E. 1968) founded CBI Consulting Inc. in 1984. Mr. Barnes is nationally recognized for his technical abilities and is licensed in 20 states throughout the United States. He has led projects in construction management, forensic investigation, and litigation support both worldwide and locally, including consulting services for exhibits at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and their affiliates abroad. Mr. Barnes helped establish the National Council of Structural Engineers Association (NCSEA) and is a member of STRUCTURE magazine’s editorial board, as well as a continuing contributor to the publication. He has also applied his experience toward the advancement of the engineering community through his leadership in creating basic education requirements for students in the structural engineering field.
Mr. Thomas Brahms
Institute of Transportation Engineers, Washington, D.C.
Tom Brahms (B.S.C.E. 1971) has been the Executive Director of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) since 1976. During his tenure, ITE has undertaken proactive roles concerning traffic congestion, transportation manpower, transportation safety, intelligent transportation systems, and expansion of investment in research and development. Prior to joining ITE, Mr. Brahms held professional positions in transportation planning and traffic operations for public agencies and for a consulting engineering firm. His professional activities have included service on several National Cooperative Highway Research Program panels and committees, including the Highway Users Federation for Safety and Mobility, the Council on Engineering and Scientific Society Executives, ITS America, and ITE. He received the 1988 Burton W. Marsh Distinguished Service Award, the Urban Mass Transportation Administrator’s Award and the Pedestrian Advocates Honor Award 2000 from the Partnership for a Walkable America for helping to establish National Walk Our Children to School Day.
Mr. Frank DePaola
Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Boston, MA
Frank DePaola, P.E. (M.S.C.E. 1984) is the Interim General Manager for the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority. Mr. DePaola is a professional engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the design and construction industry. He has formerly served as the Acting Secretary of Transportation for Massachusetts and has served as the Highway Administrator of the Highway Division of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, overseeing the safe construction, maintenance and operation of the Commonwealth's roads, bridges and tunnels for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. DePaola has also served as the Assistant General Manager for Design and Construction at the MBTA.
Ms. Heather Mackey Ford
Nobis Engineering, Lowell, MA
Heather Ford, P.E. (B.S.C.E. 1979, M.S.C.E. 1987) is the Vice President for Engineering and Science at Nobis Engineering, Inc. Since joining the firm, she has led large-scale environmental engineering projects for a wide range of clients. Ms. Ford has been active in local politics, including serving as a Selectman and as a Legislative Fellow for the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. She has also served Northeastern University as an original member of the Northeastern Civil Engineering Alumni Organization, an alumni recruiter, and a member of the Parents Leadership Council.
Ms. Helen Gordon
Woodard & Curran, Inc., Dedham, MA
Helen T. Gordon, P.E., BCEE (B.S.C.E. 1980) is a Senior Principal at Woodard & Curran a national consulting, engineering and operations company. Since joining the firm, Ms. Gordon has held numerous positions including Director of the Water, Wastewater and Site Civil Department and a term on the Board of Directors. Ms. Gordon is currently a Senior Client Manager in the New England area providing consulting engineering services on the company’s strategic accounts. As a professional, she has been actively working for over 35 years providing consulting services focused on water resource recovery systems both locally and nationally. Ms. Gordon serves as the Editor of the Journal the New England Water and Environment Association’s (NEWEA) technical publication and is the winner of the NEWEA - Clair Sawyer Award.
Mr. Mark Haley
Haley & Aldrich, Boston, MA
Mark. X. Haley (B.S.C.E. 1971, M.S.C.E. 1975) is Principal, Senior Vice President, and Director of Haley & Aldrich, Inc. In his experience with Haley & Aldrich, Mr. Haley has developed areas of geotechnical expertise in waterfront developments and foundation investigations for low-rise, mid-rise, and high-rise structures. Mr. Haley is also a Science Advisory Board Member with Eastern Wind Power and a Development Advisor with the Darwin Project, Building Boston’s Botanical Garden. He has also served Northeastern University as an NU Ambassador.
Mr. William Howard
CDM Smith, Cambridge, MA
William Howard, P.E. (B.S.C.E. 1969) is an Executive Vice President at CDM Smith, a global consulting, engineering and construction company headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with over 100 offices around the world. He has served the firm in many leadership roles, including Chief Technical Officer and Chief Quality Management Officer from 2001 to 2012. He is currently President of the firm’s Asia Pacific-Middle East Services Group and has served on the firm’s Board of Directors from 1992 to 2012. Mr. Howard is the past Chairman and Fellow of the American Council of Engineering Companies, where he also chaired the International Committee. He is a Fellow of both the American Council of Engineering Companies and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Northeastern University and chairs its Audit Committee.
Mr. Gregory Janey
Janey Construction Management & Consulting, Inc., Boston, MA
Greg Janey, CCM (M.S.C.E. 2009) is the President & CEO of Janey Construction Management and Consulting Inc., a firm providing professional construction management services throughout the Northeast. As a professional he has been actively working in the industry for over 30 years overseeing a variety of complex construction and institutional programs. His Professional activities include: Program Evaluator, ABET; National Board of Directors, Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), Past President NE Chapter; Trustee Wentworth Institute of Technology, Secretary and Chair of Facilities; and Industry Advisory Board, Construction Management, Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Ms. Christine Keville
Keville Enterprises, Marshfield, MA
Christine Keville, P.E. (M.S.C.E. 1990), Chair of the CEE Industrial Advisory Board, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Keville Enterprises, Inc. (KEI). As the founder and incorporator of KEI, she provides overall coordination, direction and supervision of the construction management firm, which has nine offices across the country. She is the past National President of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) and currently serves as Chairman Emeritus for CMAA’s Foundation. She is also the first woman elected as a Fellow of CMAA. She was recently elected as a Trustee in the MOLES, the first woman to serve in this position. She is also a Trustee and Corporator for Wentworth Institute of Technology. She has received the S. S. Womens’ Business Network’s Women Mean Business award; the WTS Boston’s Woman of the Year award; Virginia Tech’s Outstanding Woman in Construction award; the CMAA New England Chapter’s Distinguished Service Award; the CMAA Special Service Award; and Northeastern University’s Outstanding Engineering Alumni award.
Mr. Michael McGrath
Holmes and McGrath, Inc., Falmouth, MA
Michael McGrath, P.E. (B.S.C.E. 1970) is President of Holmes and McGrath, Inc. in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Holmes and McGrath, Inc., offers land surveying and civil engineering services to builders, commercial entities, and government. Mr. McGrath has expertise in the removal of dissolved nitrogen from wastewater and has started several companies related to wastewater technology, including Innovative RUCKTM Systems, Inc. and Environmental Operating Solutions, Inc. (EOS).
Dr. Timothy McGrath
TJMcGrath, LLC, Arlington, MA
Timothy McGrath, Ph.D., P.E. (B.S.C.E. 1973) is currently a Principal at TJMcGrath, LLC after a 43 year career with Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc., where he served as a Senior Principal, member of the Board of Directors, and director of the company laboratory. Dr. McGrath is an expert in the design and performance of buried, flexible, and rigid piping systems. He has participated in the development and modernization of AASHTO culvert specifications for all types of culverts. Dr. McGrath consults with manufacturers on product design and product options to improve reliability and economics. Dr, McGrath’s clients have included owners, contractors, manufacturers and several states’ Department of Transportation.
Ms. Ellen Nesterovich Maynard
LNEnterprise, Boxford, MA
Ellen Nestervich, P.E. (B.S.C.E. 1980, MBA 1987) is the owner and project representative at LNEnterprise, a management consulting business. She is also the former president at Lexa Engineering, Inc., as well as an independent engineering consultant for the City of Lowell.
Mr. Richard O’Brien
Parsons Brinkerhoff, Boston, MA
Richard F. O’Brien, P.E. (M.S.C.E. 1979) is the Vice President and Senior Structural Engineer at Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. provides strategic consulting, planning, design and engineering, environmental, and program and construction management services to public and private sector clients. He has also served as Senior Vice President at the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts.
Mr. Peter Ogren
Hayes Engineering, Inc., Wakefield, MA
Peter Ogren, P.E. (B.S.C.E. 1969) is the President of Hayes Engineering, Inc. He is also a Professional Land Surveyor and Certified Soil Evaluator. Mr. Ogren has over 40 years of civil engineering design and construction experience. He has worked on and managed projects including the structural design of numerous apartment buildings, water and sewer pumping station designs, hydraulic analysis, environmental impact reports, site designs, and residential subdivision designs. Mr. Ogren is a member of the Northeastern University Corporation.
Mr. Milan Patel
Patel Construction Co., Salem, MA
Milan M. Patel (B.S.C.E. 1996) is the President and CEO of Patel Construction, Inc. (PCI) located in Salem, Massachusetts. PCI is a leading design build and construction management firm for Federal Government agencies. Mr. Patel also actively develops affordable rental housing properties within urban communities. He serves as an active mentor to several urban start-ups and is a past recipient of the Massachusetts Small Business Minority Person of the Year Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Mr. William Roache
VHB, Watertown, MA
Bill is Executive Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer at VHB. He has been instrumental in steering VHB’s strategies for growth since the firm was founded in 1979. His leadership has allowed VHB to evolve into the company it is today and his measured approach to charting VHB’s course keeps the company on an even keel and a balanced trajectory. Throughout his nearly 40 year career, Bill has maintained a successful track record leading diverse teams in the planning, design, and permitting of complex land development and infrastructure projects throughout the east coast.
Mr. Stephen Rusteika, Jr.
PMA Consultants LLC/PMA Construction Services, Braintree, MA
Stephen F. Rusteika, Jr. (B.S.C.E. 1982, M.S.C.E. 1993) is a Managing Principal with PMA Consultants LLC, where he has worked at the Boston branch of the company since 1990. PMA Consultants, LLC provides on-site construction management and consulting services in the U.S. and selected international markets. From 1986-1990, Mr. Rusteika was a senior project manager of the construction division with the City of Boston Public Facilities Department. He is also the former president of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers and a current member of the Association of General Contractors of Massachusetts.
Mr. Sam Sleiman
Massport, Boston, MA
Sam Sleiman (B.S.C.E. 1983, M.S.C.E. 1985) is Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs for the Massachusetts Port Authority. As Director, Mr. Sleiman oversees the development of Massport's multibillion-dollar capital programs, including construction at Logan International Airport, the public terminals at Boston's seaport, the Tobin Bridge, Hanscom Field, Worcester Airport, and numerous waterfront properties.
Mr. Erik Stoothoff
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA
Erik Stoothoff (B.S.C.E. 2000) is Chief Engineer for Design and Construction with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority provides commuter rail and inter-district bus services in more than 175 cities and towns. Prior to joining the MBTA, Stoothoof was a structural engineer with Jacobs Engineering, where he designed bridges and related structures for road and railroad infrastructure projects. He was also a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of the ACEC Massachusetts.