2020 UNH Civil & Environmental Engineering Alumni Conference


If it were not for our Sponsors, it would not be possible to hold this event.

"A sincere "Thank you" to our past sponsors and supporters for helping to bridge education and experience."

If you would like to Sponsor the 2020 Alumni Conference click here.



Thursday, April 2nd
More information to come!

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. 

"Thank you once again for 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.”

2020 Conference Committee

Conference Co-Chair:  Anthony Coviello, Iron Engineering
Conference Co-Chair: Jason Peddle, SPS New England, Inc.
Conference Administrator:  Kristen Parenteau, UNH Civil & Environmental Engineering 
UNH Civil & Environmental Engineering Department Chair: Erin Bell
Nancy Kinner, UNH Civil & Environmental Engineering 
Paula Mouser, UNH Civil & Environmental Engineering 
Matthew Low, Hoyle, Tanner & Associates, Inc.
Tim Puls, Underwood Engineers, Inc.
Rebekah Gaudreau,  WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff
Eric Reitter, Weston & Sampson
Samuel Despins, GZA
Derek Long, Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc.
UNH Graduate Student Representative:  Lexy Hidrovo
UNH Undergraduate Student Representatives: Matt Bean, Jamie Fitzpatrick, Aaron Kearnan


save the date:  The 2020 Alumni Conference  
Thursday, April 2ND!

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 $160 per person
Attendee - Full Program* - Recent Graduate (2014-2018) $130 per person
Attendee - Full Program* - Retiree $80 per person
Attendee - Full Program* - Public Agency Employee $80 per person
Guest - Evening Social and Banquet $60 per person
Current UNH Student - Day program (including breakfast, lunch, and evening banquet) $20 per student, limited number available
Current UNH Student - Day program (including breakfast and lunch) $10 per student

*Full Program: Includes full day Thursday, April 2, 2020 with continental breakfast, snacks, lunch, and evening banquet.

Space is limited and registration will end when the conference fills.
Registration will be open in January! 

We strongly recommend registering as early as possible!



If you would like to present an abstract, please provide a 200 word or less description of your talk.  Presentations should be limited to 20 – 25 minutes. 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 2020 conference, the following panels will be offered - TBA (subject to change depending on popularity and conference schedule):


2020 Conference Program - TBA


Keynote Speaker: Kate White

Kate White, a registered professional engineer, leads the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Climate Preparedness and Resilience Community of Practice and has over 28 years of experience in the USACE.
Her work includes development of policy, technical guidance, methods, and tools to support climate preparedness and resilience. Her work reflects extensive interagency and expert collaboration in the areas of climate change that are related to USACE mission and operations, particularly the Civil Works program and water resources management. Topics include sea level change impacts and adaptation, hydrologic nonstationarity, changing reservoir sedimentation, and climate vulnerability analyses affecting coastal projects, watersheds, reservoirs, and supply chains. She is also responsible for implementation of climate preparedness and resilience in USACE projects, including agency technical review and oversight of policy and guidance.

She received a 2013 GreenGov Presidential Award: Climate Champion for her role in the interagency team that developed the Sea Level Rise Tool for Sandy Recovery. She was selected as the USACE 2014 Elvin R. “Vald” Heiberg III “Engineer of the Year” and as a 2015 Top Ten Federal Engineer of the Year by the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Dr. White holds BS and MS degrees in civil engineering and a PhD in civil and environmental engineering.

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

Victoria 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: Robert Scott, NH Dept. of Environmental Services (NHDES) Commissioner

Robert R. Scott, was sworn in as NHDES commissioner on June 29, 2017. He previously served as commissioner of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission since March 2012. Before that, Scott worked for NHDES for a total of 17 years in the Air Resources Division (ARD); the first eight, from 1995 to 2003, as a Mobile Source Program manager, compliance bureau administrator and deputy director, and then as the director of ARD from 2003 to 2012. During his time as director of the ARD, Scott served from 2005 to 2010 on a Governmental Advisory Committee to advise the Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) on specific U.S. government policy issues related to the implementation of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation with Mexico and Canada.

Scott started his career as an engineer in private industry, a position he held from 1990 to 1995, and as a munitions and aircraft maintenance officer in the US Air Force from 1986 to 1990. In 2016 he retired as a cyberspace operations officer with the Air National Guard after 30 years of military service, having commanded three Air Force squadrons in his career. Scott has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Inc. (RGGI). As Public Utilities Commissioner he served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and was a member of the Committee on Critical Infrastructure as well as the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment. Additionally, Commissioner Scott co-chaired the New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners' (NECPUC) subcommittee on cyber security. In 2013, he was appointed as New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE) manager to represent New Hampshire on regional electricity matters. He also formerly served as co-chairman of the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) Evaluation, Measurement and Verification Forum Steering Committee.


Check back after the conference for photographs!