2021 UNH Civil & Environmental Engineering Alumni Conference

  • 2018 Alumni Conf Sign
  • Alumni at table during breakfast
  • 2018 Alumni Conference Photo
  • Students reviewing program
  • Panel at conference
  • Alum giving presentation


UNH Civil & Environmental Engineering Conference
Thursday, April 29th, 2021


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.”

2021 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: TBA


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


2020 UNH CEE AC Sponsors



The 2020 Civil & Environmental Engineering Alumni Conference has been postponed to April 29th, 2021!

Hope to see you then!


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
Register before Feb 16th for Full Program Early Bird Discount $130 per person
Attendee - Full Program* - Recent Graduate (2015-2019) $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 29, 2021 with continental breakfast, snacks, lunch, and evening banquet.

Space is limited, don't miss out!



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 2021 conference, the following panels will be offered - TBA (subject to change depending on popularity and conference schedule):


The 2020 Alumni Conference has been postponed until April 29, 2021!


Keynote Speaker: Federal Bureau Investigator (FBI) Special Agent, Joshua Canter

SA Joshua Canter

Special Agent Joshua Canter has been assigned to the Boston Division since July of 2008.  After working Counter-proliferation for 5 years SA Canter transferred to the Domestic Terrorism Squad to be the Hazardous Evidence Response Team Leader and one of the Boston Division’s full-time Assistant Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinators.  SA Canter has worked numerous special events and WMD call-outs to include the Boston Marathon, 4th of July, the Presidential Inauguration, Super Bowls and the Vermont Ricin Case.  In November of 2018, SA Canter was appointed as the Boston Division’s Primary WMD Coordinator.

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

Victoria Sheehan

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: Tom O'Donovan,
NH Dept. of Environmental Services (NHDES) Water Division Director

Tom O'Donovan

With over 34 years of public service in positions of increasing responsibility, Tom has served as a senior leader in the US Army Corps of Engineers, a senior manager within the Department of Energy and as a Project Director in the construction industry. His career highlights include service worldwide, for example Bosnia and Afghanistan, leadership of the largest hydropower and most advanced regulatory District in the Corps, responsible for major strategic changes at the Bonneville Power Administration, and delivery of a $4 billion construction project. His credentials include a Masters in Civil Engineering, registration as a Professional Engineer and certification as Project Management Professional. He is married with two children, and both are engineers. He is currently the Water Division Director responsible for over 274 professionals, an operating budget of $168 million and over a billion dollars of ongoing financial infrastructure investment in the state.


Check back after the conference for photographs!