Civil Engineer Advisory Board

Following are some of the primary roles of the advisory board:

  • Advise faculty on desired program outcomes, learning objectives, and other educational issues, as constituents representing the community of employers of graduates
  • Provide advice on the needs of and trends within engineering practice
  • Provide and access resources for the department, to include serving as a fund-raising body
  • Help recruit practitioners to support faculty’s needs for adjunct instruction
  • Serve as industry contacts for faculty
  • Promote industry support for internship programs
  • Support department research activities
  • Serve as a lobby group for civil engineering education causes


The board shall consist of professionals from all pertinent Civil Engineering disciplines with experience in the public and private sector. At the advice of the department faculty, twelve members were selected and were appointed by the Chair of the Civil Engineering Department for a three year term (renewable).


The advisory board will meet a minimum of twice per year, for about one day each time. Prior to each meeting, the Chair of the Advisory Board in close consultation with the Chair of the Civil Engineering Department will issue an agenda for distribution to all board members and the Civil Engineering faculty.

Advisory Board Members

Anthony D. Coviello

Tony is the owner of Iron Engineering, PLLC in Portsmouth, NH. He holds a B.S. (1997) and an M.S. (2000) in Civil engineering from the University of New Hampshire. He is a licensed Structural Engineer in all of the New England States and several others. Tony has provided structural design and analysis for a variety of institutional, commercial, industrial and residential projects. He has specialized expertise in the design of coastal structures, cold-formed steel, and building envelopes. He is a graduate of Leadership Seacoast. In 2009 he was awarded the NH Young Engineer of the Year award. At this time he served as the President of the Structural Engineers of New Hampshire (SENH). For more than ten years he has worked with the National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors  (NCEES) as an exam development volunteer. In 2009 Mr. Coviello was elected to the Portsmouth City Council. In 2011, Tony was recognized by the NH Union Leader and the Business Industry Association of NH as one of the "Forty under 40" leaders making a difference in the State. Tony resides in Portsmouth with his wife and two children.

Iron Engineering, PLLC


Todd M. Fratzel

Todd is the Principal Engineer with United Construction Corp. in Newport, NH.  Mr. Fratzel received his B.S.C.E. and M.S.C.E. from the University of New Hampshire in 1994 and 1996, respectively. While at UNH he conducted research on the use of high performance concrete in highway structures as part of his master's thesis. He is a registered professional engineer (structural discipline) in the States of New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont. Todd is very active in his community sitting as a Selectman and also on Newport’s Planning Board. His experience includes bridge design, building design, design-build and construction management. Early in his career he worked on several large teams designing bridges for Boston’s Central Artery Tunnel Project and also served as lead inspector for the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges on Cape Cod.


Marya E. Gorczyca

Marya Gorczyca is a Senior Vice President and Principal Consultant at Haley & Aldrich, Inc.  She received her B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from UNH and is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) licensed in the state of Massachusetts. During her 30+ year career with Haley & Aldrich she has provided integrated geotechnical end environmental services to numerous clients on a wide variety of projects with challenging underground engineering and environmental remediation issues.  As part of the Leadership team for the firm she is involved with strategic initiatives on the Board of Directors and serves as Chief Learning and Development Officer for the organization.

Charles L. Head

Charles has a diverse technical background in the field of groundwater engineering and is a co-founder of Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc. He has directed or served in a lead technical role for regional, national and international projects involving remedial investigation, as well as design and implementation of remedial actions at industrial facilities, brownfield redevelopment sites, and landfills. He has expertise in numerical and analytical modeling of hydrogeologic systems and subsurface contaminant behavior, and has made presentations at both regional and national conferences on these subjects. He has modeled, designed and directed installation of groundwater supply and dewatering systems, groundwater infiltration systems, and extraction and hydrodynamic containment systems for dissolved and nonaqueous-phase contaminants. Mr. Head routinely serves as lead in presentations and negotiations with regulatory agencies and public groups. Mr. Head has a B.S. in geology from St. Lawrence University (1979), a B.S. in civil engineering from UNH (1983), and a M.S. in civil engineering from Colorado State University (1986).


Dana N. Humphrey

Dana N. Humphrey, Ph.D., P.E., is Dean of Engineering and Saunders Professor of Engineering Leadership and Management at the University of Maine.  Dr. Humphrey received his B.S. in civil engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 1978 followed by an M.S. in civil engineering from Purdue University in 1980.  From 1980 through 1983 he was a geotechnical engineer for the Dams Division of Woodard-Clyde Consultants.  Dr. Humphrey joined the University of Maine in 1986 after receiving his PhD in civil engineering from Purdue University.  He conducted extensive research and consulting in use of tire derived aggregate as lightweight embankment fill, retaining wall backfill, thermal insulation to limit frost penetration, and drainage layers for landfills.  Dr. Humphrey has served as UMaine’s Dean of Engineering since 2006.  He is on the board of directors of Educate Maine and American Council of Engineering Companies of Maine.  He chairs the Maine Space Grant Consortium.  In addition he is a member of the Alfond Leaders Advisory Committee.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Maine and California.


Matthew J. Low, P.E.

Matt is a New Hampshire native and graduated with his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 1992. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in six states and a Senior Vice President and Director of Engineering Operations at Hoyle, Tanner & Associates, Inc. In this capacity, Matt is responsible for the firm’s financial performance, strategic growth, client interaction, standard development, employee retention and attraction, business development and interaction with all operating groups in the firm including technical disciplines and executive support. His structural expertise is in simple to complex bridge designs, inspections, and ratings for municipalities and state agencies. Matt has managed several large multi-disciplined transportation projects involving numerous disciplines including roadway, environmental, geotechnical, hydraulic, public relations and historic/cultural resources. He is a former President of the Structural Engineers of New Hampshire (SENH) and the New Hampshire Society of Professional Engineers (NHSPE) and continues to manage the SENH / UNH structural engineering scholarship program.  Matt was honored as the Young Engineer of the Year in 2002 and Engineer of the Year in 2019 by the Joint Committee of New Hampshire Engineering Societies and as a member of the 2006 “40 under Forty” class by the New Hampshire Union Leader and Business and Industry Association (BIA). Matt resides in Manchester with his wife and two children.


Denise Markow, P.E.

Denise Markow is the Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) Director for the I-95 Corridor Coalition. She works with the 17 Department of Transportation Agencies along the I-95 corridor from Maine to Florida and her responsibilities include areas that focus on core TSMO strategies such as Traffic Incident Management, Road and Weather Operations, Emergency Operations, Congestion and Bottleneck Analysis, Work Zones and Traveler Information. Denise’s background includes 20+ years at New Hampshire DOT serving as the Department’s TSMO Administrator. Her responsibilities included management of the statewide Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) program and the statewide Transportation Management Operations Center for 8 years. Prior to moving to the systems operations bureau for the department, Denise worked in the Highway Design Bureau as a consulting review engineer responsible for design submittals from the larger design projects such as the Spaulding Turnpike and I-93 expansion projects. Denise has a master’s and bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of New Hampshire as well as a bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and French from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She is a member of the Board of Directors of ITS New England and was honored in 2015 by ITE as the National Individual Achievement Award winner for excellence in TSMO operations.


Duncan C. Mellor

Duncan is a principal coastal engineer at Tighe & Bond, based at their Portsmouth, New Hampshire office.  Tighe & Bond is a leading regional engineering and environmental firm, providing a wide range of consulting services, including coastal and waterfront engineering. Mr. Mellor has a B.S. in Civil Engineering (1985) and an M.S. in Ocean Engineering (1987) from the University of New Hampshire and is a Professional Engineer licensed in civil, structural and geotechnical engineering. Mr. Mellor is typically involved in the inspection, assessment, design of repairs, structure replacement or new construction for piers, wharves, dry docks, bulkheads, quay walls, seawalls, revetments, breakwaters/ wave screens, marinas, waterfront parks, offshore structures, intakes and outfalls, bridges and dredging/ beach nourishment projects. He is also a certified commercial diver and performs underwater inspections of bridges and dock structures. Mr. Mellor co-authored an ASCE Ports 2004 conference paper on the design and construction of an offshore tower for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and is a contributing author on a book by John Gaythwaite, covering the assessment and design of marine facilities.


Charles E. Pierce

Charles (B.S. 1991) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of South Carolina in Columbia . After graduating from the University of New Hampshire , Dr. Pierce continued his education at Northwestern University in Evanston , Illinois , where he earned his M.S. (1993) and Ph.D. (1998) in Civil Engineering. He has been with USC since 1998, where he also serves as an affiliate of the School of the Environment. Dr. Pierce has teaching and research interests in geotechnical engineering and construction materials. He has published research on topics that include time domain reflectometry applications in geotechnical and geoenvironmental instrumentation, controlled low-strength materials, and use of recycled materials in civil infrastructure. Dr. Pierce presently serves as the faculty advisor to the ASCE Student Chapter and as a member of the undergraduate program committee. He is a member of the ASCE Geo-Institute, ACI, and ASTM and is active on ACI Committees 229 and 555.


Keith A. Pratt, P.E.

Keith is President of Underwood Engineers in Portsmouth, NH where he has been working since 1995. Underwood Engineers provides civil and environmental engineering services throughout northern New England. They primarily serve municipal clients providing water and wastewater design and construction phase engineering for a variety of projects. Keith was instrumental in growing the company to its current staff of 35 people in two offices. His primary role as president is business development and management of the company and staff, but he stays involved at with most all of the projects. His experience includes working on municipal projects from large multi-million and multi-year water and wastewater projects. Keith is a professional engineer in New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts. He holds a B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine (1988) and a M.S. Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire (1995). Prior to obtaining his MS degree, he worked for a civil engineering firm in North Conway, NH. Keith lives in Barrington, NH where he was formerly a selectman for four years. He has three children who are attending college. Keith’s hobbies include sailing in the summer and skiing and hiking during the rest of the year.


Stephen B. Ransom

Stephen is President and founder of Ransom Environmental Consultants, Inc. As a business owner and entrepreneur, Mr. Ransom has grown and developed the firm over the past 15 years from one office to five with annual revenues exceeding 6.5M. In January 2001, Mr. Ransom led the successful acquisition of Shevenell-Gallen and Associates, Inc., which has been fully integrated in Ransom. As principal engineer, Mr. Ransom offers technical guidance to a staff of engineers, hydrogeologists, geologists, and chemists. Assuming overall responsibility for the quality of the company's work, he continuously monitors the status and progress of all projects. Mr. Ransom has amassed a wide spectrum of project experience that includes facilitating business mergers and acquisitions, as well as serving as an expert witness in complex litigation cases where attorneys need an environmental expert with broad-based technical skills. In addition, Mr. Ransom lends his expertise to projects that involve complex real estate transactions; site remedial action programs; investigations for the assessment of soil, groundwater, and surface water contamination; and compliance audits and permitting for hazardous waste generators. Mr. Ransom has a B.S. in forest engineering from the University of Maine (1980), and a M.S. in civil/environmental engineering from UNH (1983).


Charles J. Russo, P. E.

As Chief Executive Officer, Charlie provides strategic leadership and overall management for Simpson Gumpertz & Heger. He previously held several senior leadership positions at the firm, including Office Head and Division Head of Structural Engineering for the Washington, DC office. Since he joined SGH in 1995, Charlie’s engineering practice has involved diverse applications of structural engineering, including design of new construction, design of repairs and modifications to existing buildings, investigations of performance problems and structural failures, and assistance in resolving construction-related disputes.  Charlie is a licensed professional engineer in nineteen states.  He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of New Hampshire and his Master of Science in Structural Engineering from Tufts University.