2018 UNH Civil & Environmental Engineering Alumni Conference

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If it were not for our Sponsors, it would not be possible to hold this biennial event.
"A sincere "Thank you" to our past sponsors and supporters for helping to bridge education and experience."




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Thursday, April 5, 2018

About the Conference


The UNH Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Conference creates a sharing of experience and knowledge through presentations, panel discussions, and social activities. It was developed by alumni and is sponsored by alumni first and foremost for the benefit of the Civil & Environmental Engineering students, and also with the intent of making it a valuable event for all. It's where UNH Civil Engineering alumni, students, and faculty connect!

The Conference will be a forum for alumni of the Civil Engineering Department to return to UNH and share with students and faculty their experiences, including  professional project work, research and/or other notable career achievements since leaving UNH. The Conference will also provide collegial forum for alumni to hear from and interact with both students and faculty.

The Conference will include formal presentations, as well as less formal panel discussions and topics across the breadth of Civil & Environmental Engineering. This event will conclude with an evening banquet at the UNH Huddleston Ballroom, located on campus in Durham, NH. 


"Thanks once again to the generosity of our corporate sponsors and the generosity of our individual alumni sponsors for their support of the students. It is through this generosity that we continue to be able to offer this event to students at a very low cost.”



2018 Conference Committee:

Conference Chair:  Anthony Coviello, Iron Engineering

Conference Administrator:  Kristen Parenteau, UNH Civil & Environmental Engineering Department   

UNH Graduate Student Conference Representative: TBD

UNH Undergraduate Student Conference Representative: TBD

UNH Civil Engineering Department Chair: Erin Bell

Nancy Kinner, UNH Civil & Environmetal Engineering Department

Matthew Low, Hoyle, Tanner & Associates, Inc.

Gregg Mikolaities, Tighe & Bond

Keith Pratt, Underwood Engineers, Inc.

Rebeka Gaudreau,  GPI/Greenman-Pederson, Inc.

David Gaylord, NHDOT






The 2018 Alumni Conference is coming! 


Registration not open - please check back in January


The Conference was developed by alumni and is sponsored by alumni first and foremost for the benefit of the Civil & Environmental Engineering students, and also with the intent of making it a valuable event for all. We could not hold this event without your generous registration fee.

Attendance is limited and will be taken on a first come basis so please register early!


Registration Types

Attendee - Full Program* - Regular Registration ($150 per person)
Attendee - Full Program* - Recent Graduate (2012-2017) ($100 per person)
Attendee - Full Program* - Retiree ($75 per person)
Attendee - Full Program* - Public Agency Employee ($75 per person)
Guest - Evening Social and Banquet ($50 per person)
Current UNH Student - Day program including breakfast, lunch, and evening banquet (limited number available) ($20 per student)
Current UNH Student - Day program including breakfast and lunch ($10 per student)

*Full Program: Includes full day Friday, April 5, 2108 with continental breakfast, snacks, lunch, and evening banquet.


Space is limited and registration will end when the conference fills.
We strongly recommend registering as soon as possible.


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20 – 25 minute presentations should be submitted using the online submittal process below. Please provide a 200 word or less description of your talk. Please do not submit a technical paper as it will NOT be accepted.


Presentation Guidance:
In general, talks should be geared towards an audience of Junior and Senior level undergraduates and graduate students in Civil and Environmental Engineering as well as fellow Civil and Environmental Engineering professionals in various practice areas.

Technical and Professional Experience topics are encouraged. The goal is to share your professional experience and passions to help students understand what professional practice is really like. At the same time, this is an opportunity to share your professional insights with peers.


Panel Presentations: 
For the 2018 conference, the following panels will be offered (subject to change depending on popularity and conference schedule):

Coming Soon




Click here to view the 2016 Conference Program




Our 2018 Guest Speakers - TBD


Keynote Speaker: 

Brian Brenner, P.E., is an Associate with Stantec in Boston, Massachusetts. His professional practice includes technical management and structural design of bridge and transportation projects throughout New England and the New York metropolitan area.  As a Professor of the Practice at Tufts University, Brian teaches classes in reinforced concrete design, bridge design, bridge history and aesthetics, and introduction to engineering.  Brian’s research includes an NSF Partnership for Innovation project focusing on long term and sustainable bridge design.  In 2008, he received the Henry and Madeline Fischer Award presented to the Tufts Engineering School Professor of the Year.   Brian is the Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Leadership and Management in Engineering, and he is Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, for which he received Torrens Award from ASCE in 2005 for best journal editor.  Brian is the author of over 100 papers as well as three collections of essays, “Don’t Throw This Away!”, “Bridginess”, and “Too Much Information”, published by ASCE Press.  His engineering blog appears at ENR.com.



Breakfast Speaker: Victoria Sheehan, Commissioner - NH Department of Transportation

Photo of Victoria Sheehan, Commissioner NH Dept of TransportationVictoria Sheehan, Commissioner, NH Department of Transportation.  Sworn in as the Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation on October 19, 2015, Victoria Sheehan oversees a $650 million state agency of over 1,600 employees dedicated to providing safe and efficient transportation systems. 

Ms. Sheehan brings both transportation engineering and management experience in projects and programs to her role as Commissioner.  In her years as a dedicated public employee, she has worked as a resident engineer in bridge maintenance and as a project manager with a record of delivering contracts on-time and on-budget. She has extensive experience in asset and performance management.

In her previous position as Manager of Strategic Planning and Highway Performance at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Ms. Sheehan was responsible for the Highway Division’s $5 billion capital plan and annual $600 million operating budget. While at MassDOT, Ms. Sheehan also served as the Program Manager for the state’s recently completed $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program. 

Commissioner Sheehan is originally from Ireland, and has a Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering and Architecture from the University of Edinburgh.  In her free time, she also serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for Camp Wanakee in Meredith NH.  She lives in Nashua, NH with her husband Sean.

Lunch Speaker: Thomas Burack, NH Department of Environmental Services

Tom Burack has served as the Commissioner of the NH Department of Environmental Services since November 2006. He has focused the department on providing exceptional customer service, while also addressing the new environmental challenges of a changing climate and transitioning to a clean energy economy.  Now one of the most senior state environmental agency leaders in the country, Tom is serving as the first state co-chair of E-Enterprise for the Environment, a joint, collaborative effort of the states and the US Environmental Protection Agency to modernize the delivery of environmental protection in the United States. Tom was previously an attorney in private law practice, representing a wide range of businesses, institutions and individuals in environmental, health and safety, and energy matters.

Tom grew up in New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley, attended Dartmouth College, and the University of Virginia School of Law, served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable David H. Souter on the Supreme Court of NH, and spent 17 years in private law practice before assuming his current role.  Tom now resides in Hopkinton, NH with his wife and two school-aged children with whom he tries to enjoy outdoor activities, including hiking, skiing and field sports.  Tom encourages UNH students to apply for internships and consider career opportunities at the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.


Thank you for attending the 2016 UNH Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Conference.

We hope to see you at our 2018 Conference! 

Below are a few of the photographs that were taken at the 2016 conference. 

To view all of the photographs, please click here - https://plus.google.com/collection/0V_FWB?pli=1&hl=en



Bridging education and experience