Advisory Board

Mission

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

Membership

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).

Meetings

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

Tony is the co-owner of Summit 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 as well as NY and PA. 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 the past eight 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.


Todd M. Fratzel

Todd M. Fratzel

Todd is a Senior Structural Engineer with Ammann & Whitney Consulting Engineers in Boston, Massachusetts . 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 Massachusetts and New Hampshire . His experience has focused on the design, analysis, and rehabilitation of highway and railroad bridges. Mr. Fratzel has been highly involved in the design of numerous complex highway bridge structures for the Central Artery Tunnel Project in Boston with a specific emphasis on the design of curved trapezoidal steel box girder bridges. Currently, he is the lead structural engineer for the design of a sharply curved box girder bridge at Logan International Airport for the Massachusetts Port Authority. In addition, he recently served as the lead structural engineer for the routine inspection of the Sagamore Bridge in Bourne, Massachusetts.


James W. Gallagher, Jr.

James W. Gallagher, Jr.

James is a registered professional civil engineer with 29 years of experience in water resources and dam engineering. Currently, he is the Chief of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Dam Bureau. As Chief of the Dam Bureau he is responsible for ensuring the safety of nearly 3,200 active dams in the State of New Hampshire . He is also responsible for the operation and maintenance of 113 Department-owned dams and 103 dams owned by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and for the design and construction of repairs needed on 270 State-owned dams. Before joining the Department of Environmental Services, Mr. Gallagher was a Senior Project Manager at GEI Consultants, Inc. for 12 years, where he was responsible for all of the firm's water resources projects in the Northeast. Prior to that, Mr. Gallagher was an engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for 13 years. Mr. Gallagher received a B.S. in civil engineering from Villanova University in 1974, and a M.P.A. in public administration from Harvard University in 1981.

 

Marya E. Gorczyca

Marya E. Gorczyca

Marya is a Senior Associate and Vice President at Haley & Aldrich, Inc. She received her B.S. (1981) and M.S. (1984) in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire and is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) licensed in the State of New Hampshire. In her 19 years of experience with Haley & Aldrich she has been a practicing consulting engineer on a wide variety of geotechnical and environmental engineering projects involving subsurface investigations, foundation design studies, construction oversight, instrumentation and site remediation. Recent project experience has been in the area of deep excavations (4 to 6 levels below grade) for institutional and commercial real estate developments on urban sites with numerous site constraints, and poor soil conditions compounded by the presence of contaminated soil and/or groundwater. These include building developments in Boston, MA such as One Lincoln Street , 131 Dartmouth Street, Atelier 505 and the MERCK research building. She has also developed experience in the area of deep foundation design and installation, particularly for deep rock socketed drilled shafts, at 33 Arch Street, 111 Huntington Avenue, MERCK, and the Caisson Load Testing Program (CLTP), one of the Specialty Testing Programs sponsored by FHWA and conducted for design of the Central Artery/Tunnel (CA/T) project. Ms. Gorczyca's management responsibilities at Haley & Aldrich have included overseeing the Geotechnical Engineering Group for which she was responsible for workload, project staffing, staff development, training, performance reviews and recruiting of professional staff. In addition to other responsibilities for the Real Estate Business Unit she continues to be involved in many of these staff management activities for the Boston office of H&A.

Charles L.Head

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

Dana is Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Malcolm Long Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Maine . He joined the University of Maine in 1986 after receiving his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical) from Purdue University . He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from UNH in 1978 and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University in 1979. Since 1999 he has served as the University of Maine 's faculty representative to the University of Maine System Board of Trustees. He is former president of the UMaine Faculty Senate. He teaches courses in geotechnical engineering, thermal soil mechanics, ground improvement, and advanced soil properties. His research in using tire shreds as lightweight fill, retaining wall backfill, thermal insulation, and drainage layers for landfills has received international attention. In addition, Dr. Humphrey has had major papers and technical reports in this area. He is recipient of the Maine Distinguished Professor Award, Carnegie Foundation Maine Professor of the Year Award, International Tire and Rubber Association Friend of the Industry Award, and Maine Governor's Award for Special Teamwork.

 

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 Vice President and Senior Project Manager at Hoyle, Tanner & Associates, Inc.  Matt also serves as the Manager of the Bridge and Structures Group in their Manchester, New Hampshire office overseeing project budgeting, staffing, and client services. His structural expertise is in simple to complex bridge designs, inspections, and ratings for municipal and state agencies.  Matt also manages 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 scholarship and teachers awards programs for each association, respectively.  Matt was honored as the Young Engineer of the Year in 2002 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.  

Duncan C. Mellor

Duncan C. Mellor

Duncan is the chief engineer and owner of Waterfront Engineers LLC, of Stratham, New Hampshire, a firm specializing in the assessment and design of waterfront structures. 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, container terminals, 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 recently 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.


Gregg M. Mikolaities

Greg M. Mikolaities

Gregg co-founded Appledore Engineering, Inc., in 1987. Appledore is a civil engineering consulting firm that specializes in the design, permitting and construction administration for site development projects throughout New England. As a Senior Principal and the Chief Civil Engineer he has over 25 years experience as a consulting engineer with commercial, industrial, residential, educational, health care and institutional projects. His experience includes plan reviews, design services, peer review services, construction inspection and representation before municipal, state and federal agencies including neighborhood meetings, public forums and charrettes. Gregg has extensive experience in low impact, sustainable designs. Gregg has provided consulting services to numerous national and regional retailers and has been involved in the planning, design and construction of over eighty school facilities throughout New Hampshire. Appledore has maintained a strong relationship with UNH over the past 21 years by providing intern positions, participating in the Pathways Program and sponsoring a yearly civil engineering scholarship. Gregg was recognized by Business NH Magazine as one of the Leaders for the 21st Century in the Architect/Engineering Category. He is a graduate of Leadership Seacoast, received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 1982, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey and Florida.

Charles E. Pierce

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

Charles E. Pierce

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

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).