Congratulations to all our alumni for their professional accomplishments highlighted below.
Congratulations to alumnus Sam Sleiman, the director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs for the Massachusetts Port Authority, who was recently selected as the 2018 Person of the Year by the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA). He was recognized by the CMAA for his “dedication to the construction industry, best-in-class service, and implementation of AEC best practices”. “Sam is making a difference in our industry, and we salute him for his approach to innovation, mentoring, and leadership,” said CMAA President and CEO Andrea S. Rutledge, CAE. In 2018, he delivered the Spring Commencement keynote address at Wentworth Institute of Technology, where he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Engineering.
This award was provided “for his long-time commitment to EERI, starting with his leadership role within the EERI Student Leadership Council … and his collaboration in earthquake reconnaissance through VERT and LFE”. Jampole is an Associate at Exponent in New York City, where he investigates design deficiencies and damage from earthquakes, hurricanes, settlement, adjacent construction, and structure collapse for litigation and arbitration. Ezra holds a PhD and MSc from Stanford University.
The award is for his outstanding contribution to the advancement of the Institute for Transportation Engineers (ITE) over a period of years. Kennedy, VHB Co-Founder and Senior Principal at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin (VHB) in Massachusetts, has focused his 45-year career on traffic operations on large-scale projects, including the award-winning Central Artery/Tunnel (Big Dig) in Boston, MA—one of the nation’s largest and most complex transportation and civil works projects. Kennedy also played an integral role in Massachusetts’ first design-build project and provided traffic management strategies for MassDOT’s Fast14 accelerated bridge project. Kennedy has served at all levels of leadership at the ITE Chapter, New England Section, and the Northeastern District levels as well as on the International Board of Direction, including serving as IT President in 2015. Kennedy has served on the department’s Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) and was the IAB Chair from 2011-2013.