Industrial Advisory Board

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is fortunate to have a dedicated group of distinguished civil and environmental engineers to advise the Department on matters related to research, development, curriculum, cooperative education, student organizations, and other important functions related to our department’s mission. The Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) meets regularly with administrators, department faculty and students to learn about department activities. The IAB provides important feedback and input on the current and future needs of industry, government, and academia as it impacts the preparation we provide for our graduates.

The Department’s IAB also takes a leadership role on new initiatives that require further liaison with our alumni and cooperative work employers. For example, some members of the IAB recently identified a growing need for additional training of our graduates in the area of written and oral communication. They initiated a fund-raising campaign to address this specific need and worked closely with the Department to implement a comprehensive program across our curriculum that systematically develops communication skills as our students move through the program.

The following individuals currently serve on the Department IAB:

Name and Affiliation Biography

Ms. Luciana Burdi

Massachusetts Port Authority
East Boston, MA
Dr. Luciana Burdi is the Director for Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs for the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport). In her role, Dr. Burdi is leading the shift of Capital Programs towards a more innovative, progressive, BIM, Data & Design Technology-driven department. Prior to joining Massport, she held several positions at the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Dr. Burdi was a member of the CMAA National Board of Directors, the Chair of the CMAA (Construction Management Association of America) Emerging Technologies Committee. In October 2015, she received the CMAA National Award in New Technologies techniques in CM for advancing the use of valuable new technologies in construction management. Dr. Burdi earned her CCM (certified construction manager) in 2019. She received her Doctorate from Harvard Graduate School of Design. Previously, she was a SPURS Fellow (Special Program in Urban & Regional Studies) at MIT and she holds a Master’s Degree from the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV) in Venice Italy.

Mr. Joe Cutillo

Sterling Construction Inc.
The Woodlands, TX
Joe Cutillo (B.S.M.E. 1989) is CEO of Sterling Construction Inc., where he was the architect and leader of a massive and comprehensive business turnaround that pulled the company out of near bankruptcy and set in place a new long term strategy to deliver sustainable, profitable growth, achieve competitive advantage, and increase shareholder value. As President and CEO of Inland Pipe Rehabilitation, Joe led the Trenchless Rehabilitation business to become #2 in the industry with the most comprehensive solutions portfolio and highest margins. Among his key achievements at Ingersoll-Rand Corp., as VP of Service & Contracting, Joe led a complete business turnaround, from a $10M loss to a $10M operating profit. As VP of Manufacturing, HUSSMANN, he led a $1.3B global manufacturing organization to significantly improve operational performance, winning the Chairman’s Award for operational excellence. Joe is a Board Director for Sterling Construction Company, Commonwealth LNG, and ARTBA (American Road & Transportation Builders Assoc.), where he in on the Executive Committee and President of the Contractors’ Division. He has also served on the Board for National Liner and National Corrugated Pipe Association. Joe holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University, where he was a member of the National Honor Society for Mechanical Engineers.

Ms. Heather Mackey Ford

Global Training Events
South Hamilton, MA
Heather Ford (B.S.C.E. 1979, M.S.C.E. 1987) is the Managing Director of STEM Learning and Development at Global Training & Events Group LLC. Prior to this, she was the Vice President for Engineering and Science at Nobis Engineering, Inc., where she led large-scale environmental engineering projects for a wide range of clients. Ms. Ford has been active in local politics, including serving on the Board of Selectman, Board of Public Works, Hamilton Foundation, Affordable Housing, Waste Reduction, and Capital Committees. An active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Ms. Ford is currently an ASCE ABET Program Evaluator; currently serving a second term as a Legislative Fellow for the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section; and recently completed a term on ASCE’s National Policy Committee for Energy, Environment, and Water. In addition to the IAB, Ms. Ford has also served Northeastern University as an original member of the Northeastern Civil Engineering Alumni Organization, a student chapter Contact Member, an alumni recruiter, an NU Ambassador, and a member of the Parents Leadership Council. Ms. Ford received the 2019 Outstanding Civil Engineer award. Outside of NU, she is actively engaged on the Board for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and serving as the Massachusetts Director for the American Association of Environmental Engineers.

Mr. Mark Haley

Haley & Aldrich
Boston, MA
Mark. X. Haley (B.S.C.E. 1971, M.S.C.E. 1975) is Principal, Senior Vice President, and Director of Haley & Aldrich, Inc. In his experience with Haley & Aldrich, Mr. Haley has developed areas of geotechnical expertise in waterfront developments and foundation investigations for low-rise, mid-rise, and high-rise structures. Mr. Haley is also a Science Advisory Board Member with Eastern Wind Power and a Development Advisor with the Darwin Project, Building Boston’s Botanical Garden. He has also served Northeastern University as an NU Ambassador.

Mr. William Howard

CDM Smith
Cambridge, MA
William Howard, P.E. (B.S.C.E. 1969) is an Executive Vice President at CDM Smith, a global consulting, engineering and construction company headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with over 100 offices around the world. He has served the firm in many leadership roles, including Chief Technical Officer and Chief Quality Management Officer from 2001 to 2012. He currently serves as an advisor to the Chief Executive Officer, President of CDM Smith International, and the firm’s Chief Quality Management Officer and has served on the firm’s Board of Directors from 1992 to 2012. Mr. Howard is the past Chairman and Fellow of the American Council of Engineering Companies, where he also chaired the International Committee. He is a Fellow of both the American Council of Engineering Companies and the American Society of Civil Engineers, as well as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC). He is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Northeastern University and chairs its Audit Committee.

Mr. Gregory Janey

Janey Construction Management & Consulting, Inc.
Boston, MA
Greg Janey, CCM (M.S.C.E. 2009) is the President & CEO of Janey Construction Management and Consulting Inc., a firm providing professional construction management services throughout the Northeast. As a professional, he has been actively working in the industry for over 30 years overseeing a variety of complex construction and institutional programs. His professional activities include Program Evaluator, ABET; National Board of Directors, Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), Past President NE Chapter; Trustee Wentworth Institute of Technology, Secretary and Chair of Facilities; and Industry Advisory Board, Construction Management, Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Ms. Christine Keville

Keville Enterprises
Marshfield, MA
Christine Keville, FCMAA, NAC, Hon.D.Eng is founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Keville Enterprises, Inc. Ms. Keville earned her Master’s degree in Construction Management from Northeastern University, her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from North Adams State, and is a Massachusetts licensed Construction Supervisor. Ms. Keville was inducted into the National Academy of Construction (NAC), the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) College of Fellows, and the Moles. She is a Trustee and Corporator at Wentworth Institute of Technology, and recently served as Wentworth’s Commencement Speaker where she earned an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Engineering. Ms. Keville is Chairman of the Civil & Environmental Engineering Industrial Advisory Board at Northeastern University. Ms. Keville is the first woman National Chair, Foundation Chair and Chancellor of CMAA, and the first woman President of The Moles. Ms. Keville received Wentworth Institute’s Woman of the Year award, Virginia Tech’s Outstanding Woman in Construction award, Northeastern University’s Outstanding Engineering Alumni award, South Shore Women’s Business Network’s Women Mean Business award, WTS Boston’s Woman of the Year award, Patriots Trail Girl Scouts’ Leading Women award, CMAA New England Chapter’s Distinguished Service Award, and CMAA National’s Special Service Award.

Mr. Matthew J. Kennedy, PE

Watertown, MA
As VHB’s Director of Technical Services, Matt works to coordinate and elevate VHB’s services across VHB’s footprint. He collaborates closely with VHB’s Regional Service Leaders to engage and connect technical practitioners, foster technical excellence, and integrate sustainability, technology, and innovation into all of VHB’s work. Matt keeps an eye on the horizon, focusing on maximizing quality and consistency across the organization while promoting the integration of services, so VHB can build for what is next.
Previously, Matt served as the Managing Director for VHB’s New York City office, where he was responsible for directing operations and driving strategic growth. His passion for hydrology brought him to the industry over 30 years ago. In his prior role as Water Resources and Environmental Services Leader, Matt managed diverse and challenging projects throughout the US, specializing in water resources engineering, hydrologic design, and analysis. As a current member of VHB’s Executive Committee and a past member of the Board of Directors, Matt works collaboratively with VHB leadership to drive the overall strategic direction and operations of the firm.

Ms. Kaitlin McCarthy

Ionic Development Company
Boston, MA
Kaitlin McCarthy (B.S.C.E. 2009) is the founder and CEO of Ionic Development Company, a Boston based real estate development and consulting business. Ionic was established in 2022. Kaitlin has over 10 years of experience managing large development and construction projects in downtown Boston. Prior to founding Ionic, Kaitlin was a Vice President at The HYM Investment Group. Prior to joining The HYM Investment Group, Kaitlin was a management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group working with Fortune 100 companies on strategy and implementations. Earlier in her career, Kaitlin held several roles at Turner Construction Company, including head of the financial reporting department for the Boston office. Kaitlin managed the budget for several major projects while at Turner, including the Liberty Mutual Headquarters in Back Bay. Kaitlin is involved in the real estate community as a member of the Women’s Development Collaborative (WDC), Professional Women in Construction (PWC), the Harvard Alumni Real Estate Board, the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and the National Association for Industrial and Office Parks, Massachusetts (NAIOP). Kaitlin is also a member of the Northeastern Galante INC Board, which advises on the joint engineering-business program.

Mr. John McNamara

A.A. Will Corp.
Stoughton, MA
John F. McNamara III (B.S.C.E 1981) is Vice President of A. A. Will Corporation, where he is responsible for planning, estimating, and directing large scale public and private infrastructure projects throughout New England and the northeastern United States. He has 40 years of experience constructing heavy civil projects, including highway and bridge construction, marine construction, cut and cover tunnels, immersed tube tunnels, transit and rail systems, landfill closures, underpinning, lateral earth support systems, slurry walls, drilled shafts, site remediation including excavation, transportation and disposal of both hazardous and non-hazardous materials. Mr. McNamara is an active member of the Moles, where he has served as a trustee, secretary, and member of the Executive Committee. He is past the Chairman and Board Member of the Construction Industries of Massachusetts (CIM), a Board Member of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ATRBA), and an Executive Committee member of the General Contractors Association of New York. Mr. McNamara is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Boston Society of Civil Engineers (BSCE), and the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).
Ms. Ellen Nestervich
Boxford, MA
Ellen Nestervich holds a bachelor’s in civil engineering and master’s in business administration from Northeastern University (NU), Boston, Massachusetts, and has also participated in NU’s International Business Program in Reims, France. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Boston Society of Engineers, NU’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Board and NU’s Civil Engineering Alumni Organization (NUCEAO). Structured as a sole practitioner, Ms. Nestervich does business as LNEnterprise, an SDO certified woman-owned business in Massachusetts (WBE) and Federal designated disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE). In a Resident Engineer/Project Representative role at LNEnterprise, she has contracted work with the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance and a non-profit affordable housing developer. Earlier work included direct employment in project management for 2 Fortune 200 companies. She also holds a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Construction Supervisor’s license. Ms. Nestervich has been involved as a partner in a start-up Subchapter S Corporation focusing on prototype CNC machining within the defense, electronics, and medical sectors. She is a recipient of the BSCES Lester Gaynor Award for Public Service.

Mr. Peter Ogren

Hayes Engineering, Inc.
Wakefield, MA
Peter Ogren, P.E. (B.S.C.E. 1969) is the President of Hayes Engineering, Inc. He is also a Professional Land Surveyor and Certified Soil Evaluator. Mr. Ogren has over 40 years of civil engineering design and construction experience. He has worked on and managed projects including the structural design of numerous apartment buildings, water and sewer pumping station designs, hydraulic analysis, environmental impact reports, site designs, and residential subdivision designs. Mr. Ogren is a member of the Northeastern University Corporation.

Mr. William A. Perry

J.S. Held
Middleton, MA
William A. Perry, P.E., M.ASCE (B.S.C.E 1982) is a Managing Director for J. S. Held (formerly the President and Founder of Perry Associates LLC, acquired by J. S. Held), a global consulting firm providing specialized technical, scientific, financial, and advisory services in construction (commercial management and expert claims analysis and testimony), forensic architectural & engineering, environmental, health & safety, forensic accounting & economics, surety, property damage consulting, and equipment. He has accumulated significant experience on a variety of water, wastewater, infrastructure, biopharma, and architectural projects, both private and public. Bill played key roles on the Boston Harbor Project and on the Central Artery/Tunnel Project. He has served as a Substitute Professor at Northeastern University on the Legal Aspects of Civil Engineering and has offered various training sessions on project management, change management, and commercial management, to various clients.

Mr. Charles J. Russo

Consulting Engineer
Estero, FL
Charles Russo, P.E. is a dynamic engineering consultant to construction industry professionals. Charlie’s engineering practice over nearly three decades involves diverse applications of structural engineering and material science. His professional experience includes designing new construction, repairing and modifying existing structures, investigating performance problems and structural failures, and assisting in resolving construction-related disputes. During his time with Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, he served in senior leadership appointments as Division Head of Structural Engineering in Washington, D.C. (2006-2012), President (2014-2016), and Chief Executive Officer (2017-2021).

Mr. Sam Sleiman

Suffolk Construction
Wayland, MA
Sam Sleiman (B.S.C.E. 1983, M.S.C.E. 1985) is the Executive Vice President for National Transportation at Suffolk Construction. Formerly, he served as Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs for the Massachusetts Port Authority. As Director, Mr. Sleiman oversaw the development of Massport’s multibillion-dollar capital programs, including construction at Logan International Airport, the public terminals at Boston’s seaport, the Tobin Bridge, Hanscom Field, Worcester Airport, and numerous waterfront properties.

Mr. Erik
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Boston, MA
Erik Stoofhoff (B.S.C.E. 2000) is the Deputy Chief Engineer with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority provides commuter rail and inter-district bus services in more than 175 cities and towns. Prior to joining the MBTA, Stoofhoff was a structural engineer with Jacobs Engineering, where he designed bridges and related structures for road and railroad infrastructure projects. He was also a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of the ACEC Massachusetts.

Mr. Brian Sullivan

Tetra Tech
Framingham, MA
Brian P. Sullivan, P.E. (B.S.C.E. 1981) is the President of Tetra Tech’s Infrastructure Northeast Region (INE) Operating Group. He is a professional engineer with more than 35 years of experience in the engineering consulting business, having worked for Metcalf & Eddy and Rizzo Associates prior to Tetra Tech. Mr. Sullivan’s technical experience has been focused on civil engineering design and permitting of dozens of large-scale commercial, industrial, residential and R&D projects throughout New England, as well as Architectural/Engineering (A/E) services to numerous public school districts in NY. In his present role as President of Tetra Tech INE, which has offices in MA, CT, and NY, he has overall responsibility for the project management, technical execution, business development and financial performance of the firm which provides a diverse array of technical services to both the private and public sectors. His professional activities have included: ACEC/MA Government Affairs Committee; Society of Military Engineers (SAME); NAIOP (the Commercial Real Estate Development Association); and the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section (BSCES) of the ASCE.

Mr. Michael Walsh

CDM Smith
Boston, MA
Michael Walsh, P.E. is Senior Vice President with CDM Smith, a global engineering and construction firm headquartered in Boston. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Merrimack College and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Northeastern University, and is a Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in multiple states, a Chartered Engineer (CEng.) in the United Kingdom, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, and an Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) as designated by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. Mr. Walsh has over 35 years of experience in technical, project management, and organizational management roles, including the management of large, complex projects both in New England and overseas. He is a leader in the planning, design, and delivery of sustainable and resilient infrastructure, with particular focus on drinking water, water reuse, and clean energy projects. He is active in several professional organizations, having served as Board Director and President of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) and currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Environmental Business Council of New England.

Mr. Mark Warren

Boston, MA
Mark Warren (B.S.M.E. 1985) is Senior Vice President at WSP and leads the New England District overseeing the Energy, Water, Transportation, and Property and Buildings business lines. He is a key member of the National Leadership Team responsible for overall strategy, policy development, and merger and acquisition activities. He has extensive experience in evaluating energy planning, system commissioning, optimization of building mechanical systems, and energy operations. He has led the Green Team and sustainable design practice for WSP, as well as a technical team responsible for the analysis of net-zero carbon initiatives. Mark is an accredited professional in the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, is a Certified Commissioning Provider (CCP), and is a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE).

Mr. Jack Wright

Weston & Sampson Engineers, Inc.
Peabody, MA
Jack earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineer from Northeastern University and is a Massachusetts-registered Professional Engineer (PE) and a Certified Construction Manager (CCM). He is an active member in the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), for which he is past President of the New England Chapter, as well as the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section of the American Society of Engineers (BSCES) and the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS).

Jack is presently working under his sole proprietorship, Stony Brook CMS. He is formerly a Vice President at Weston & Sampson Engineers, Inc. With more than 40 years of management experience in the public and private sectors. Jack managed major projects for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), the former Massachusetts Turnpike Authority (MTA), and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), including serving as the Deputy Project Director of the $15B Central Artery/Tunnel Project, prior to joining Weston & Sampson.