UMass Amherst Alumnus and MassDOT Head Jeffrey B. Mullan to Give Boyer Lecture in Boston

September 22, 2010

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AMHERST, Mass. - Jeffrey B. Mullan, secretary and CEO of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), will be the speaker at the first William W. Boyer Lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 5:30 p.m. at the University of Massachusetts Club, 225 Franklin St., 33rd floor, in Boston. Mullan is an alumnus of UMass Amherst. The event is open to the media.

Mullan’s talk is titled, "Transportation Issues and Challenges Facing the Commonwealth in the 21st Century." He will also discuss the role civil engineers and other professionals play in addressing these issues and challenges.

The Boyer Lecture was created to honor Professor William W. Boyer, who was instrumental in the early development of the UMass Transportation Engineering Program in the 1950s and 1960s. Many students who studied under Boyer’s supervision have gone on to become successful practicing transportation engineers, entrepreneurs, and scholars. Boyer can be credited with integrating computer applications into the transportation undergraduate and graduate curricula and with creating an award-winning student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

In his role as secretary and CEO of MassDOT, which was launched in November 2009, Mullan is responsible for day-to-day management of the new transportation organization that includes four divisions - highway, transit, aeronautics and Registry of Motor Vehicles - and a Department of Planning and Programming, charged with policy development and planning for the state’s network of roads, bridges, tunnels and airports.

Mullan has served in leadership positions at Massachusetts transportation agencies and authorities since 2007 and was a key architect of the reform plan designed to modernize the state’s transportation network and begin re-investing in infrastructure across the state. Before taking over MassDOT, Mullan was the executive director of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority. He also led an inter-agency Highway Integration Team responsible for creating the MassDOT Highway Division.

Prior to 2007, Mullan worked for 14 years at Foley Hoag LLP, where he was a partner and the co-chair of the firm’s administrative law practice. While there, he represented many public sector clients on redevelopment and transportation projects. He also represented the state in the creation of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in 2004. Before joining Foley Hoag, Mullan worked at the Massachusetts Highway Department. A Worcester native, Mullan is a UMass Amherst alumnus and earned his law degree from the Suffolk University School of Law.