Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Honored

Daniel Adams
Daniel Adams
Robert Brack
Robert Brack
John Sullivan, Jr.
John Sullivan, Jr.

Fourteen graduates were honored Sept. 23 as the inaugural class of the civil and environmental engineering department’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni. The awards recognize their contributions to the engineering profession.

CEE department head Richard Palmer and College of Engineering dean Tim Anderson bestowed the awards during a banquet at the Marriott Center.

The awardees are:

Daniel Adams, president and CEO of McMillen Jacobs Associates since 2011, who has 27 years of experience in underground engineering and construction, and has managed large projects in water, wastewater and transit.

Dick Bedard worked forGordon Ainsworth and Associates and for CH2M Hill in Boca Raton, Fla., where he was the project manager for more than 20 years. He led major projects in many large cities in the U.S. and throughout the world.

Ruth Bonsignore has more than 30 years of consulting experience in transportation engineering and served as senior vice president at VHB.  She currently serves on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.   

Robert Brack joined the Barker Steel Company, Inc. in 1960 and was CEO from 1976 to 2003. He received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the university in 2009 and currently serves on the board of directors of a variety of philanthropic organizations. 

Michael Chajes served as a faculty member, department head and dean of the college of engineering at the University of Delaware. 

Stephen Kellogg was CEO for YWC for 16 years, senior vice president for CDM, Inc. for 15 years and currently is president of his consulting firm, SRKellogg and Associates, Inc.

Minhaj Kirmani has taught classes at MIT and Harvard University. He serves as principal emeritus at Thornton Tomasetti, Inc in Boston, and served as principal for Weidlinger Associates Inc.

Roberto Leon served as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota for 11 years. He is currently the David H. Burrows Professor of Construction Engineering at Virginia Tech.

William O’Neill was director of public works/town engineer in Manchester, Conn., for more than 20 years. He also served as president of Fuss and O’Neill Consulting Engineers.  He was recognized as one of the College of Engineering’s Outstanding Engineering Alumni in 1990.

Richard Reardon spent his professional career working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with projects on disaster relief, flood control, navigation and hydroelectric power services. The College of Engineering honored Reardon as Alumnus of the Year in 1993.

Dwight Sangrey was a professor at Cornell University for nine years, professor and head of civil engineering at Carnegie Mellon University for six years, and president and CEO of Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology for seven years. Sangrey retired after serving as CEO and director of Montag Resources, Inc.

John Sullivan spent his professional career of 44 years at the Boston Water and Sewer Commission, where he currently serves as chief engineer. He also serves on the boards of directors for the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies and the Water Research Foundation.

Robert Vanasse is the principal and co-founder of Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc, an 1,100-person firm. He also founded Vanasse & Associates, a New England-based traffic engineering, transportation planning and engineering firm.                                                             

Paul Westerhoff is on the faculty at Arizona State University and is currently senior advisor to the provost for engineering and science at ASU.