The mission of the Advisory Board is to help the Civil Engineering Department achieve its academic mission. The advisory board is comprised of practitioners from consulting firms, private practice, construction companies, government agencies and educational institutions committed to academic excellence in undergraduate education. 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
Todd M. Fratzel
James W. Gallagher, Jr.
Marya E. Gorczyca
Dana N. Humphrey
Matthew J. Low, P.E.
Duncan C. Mellor
Gregg M. Mikolaities
Charles E. Pierce
Keith A. Pratt
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 small as well as large multi-million and multi-year utility and treatment 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 is active in local government including serving as Selectmen for four years until 2013. He has three children who attend school at Coe Brown-Northwood Academy. Keith’s hobbies include sailing in the summer and skiing and hiking during the rest of the year.
Stephen B. Ransom
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