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Civil & Environmental Engineering Department Advisory Board

Mission Statement

The mission of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Industry Advisory Council is to provide advocacy, support and guidance to the Department in its goal to become a top tier CEE program in the United States.  More specifically, Advisory Council members seek to:

  • Advance the quality of the education (undergraduate/graduate/research) through:
    • technical alignment with the disciplines in the Department;
    • research/course partnerships;
    • mentoring faculty; and,
    • periodic review of curriculum
  • Actively connect with students by
    • supporting student activities;
    • engaging in the classroom or through technical societies;
    • helping to recruit new students; and,
    • providing internships, coops, and permanent placements.
  • Support strategic planning at the Department or discipline level.
  • Assist in acquiring needed resources for the Department to accomplish its mission.

The Advisory Council serves as an interface between the global professional civil and environmental engineering community, the University, the state, and the public.

Membership

The Advisory Council is comprised of 20 to 25 member volunteers from the private and public-sectors, across all CEE disciplines, and with a diverse mix of professional experience. Members are appointed by the Department Head and are generally asked to serve for a minimum of three years. Historically, approximately two-thirds of the Council members have graduated from the University of Massachusetts.

Current Organizational Structure

The organizational structure of the Council consists of:

Chairperson - Ruth Bonsignore
Senior Advisors - Stephen Kellogg and Richard Bedard
Sub-committee Chairman for Structures - Peter Quigley
Sub-committee Chairman for Transportation - Jeffrey Dirk
Sub-committee Chairman for Environmental - Ron Michalski
Sub-committee Chairman for Geotechnical – Ted von Rosenvinge
Student Activities/Services Coordinator – Jon Dietrich
Members (generally aligned by discipline)

Meetings  

The Advisory Council meets formally on-campus twice a year (typically on the first Friday in October and May). Individual members and sub-committees engage in Department activities informally throughout the year.

 

Past Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Councils