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External Advisory Board


The role of the External Advisory Board (EAB) is to provide input and guidance to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) to achieve the mission of educating undergraduate and graduate students to become leaders in the discovery and implementation of solutions to important societal challenges in the 21st century. Activities of the board include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide feedback on Department programs and activities to the Chair
  • Promote and enhance the stature of the Department
  • Review undergraduate and graduate degree programs
  • Assist with job placement and summer internships
  • Participate in strategic planning and the development of new initiatives
  • Improve alumni relations and participation in Department activities
  • Assist with Department fundraising and development efforts
  • Participate in teaching activities (e.g., capstone design, visiting lectures, new courses)


The board consists of professionals from the academic, public and private sectors, with representation from relevant technical disciplines including Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Public Health Engineering, Structural Engineering, Water Resources Engineering. Based on nominations provided by CEE faculty and EAB members, the Department Chair appoints members to serve three-year renewable terms.


The External Advisory Board meets at least twice per year, typically in January and June. In consultation with the EAB members, the Department Chair develops a meeting agenda that is distributed to all CEE faculty and EAB members prior to each meeting.

Advisory Board Members

William J. Anderson, Jr., P.E., is an Executive Vice President and Northeast Regional Director at the Rise Group, a subsidiary of ARCADIS US. He received his B.S. in Civil from Tufts University in 1969, M.S. in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973, and M.S. in Civil Engineering (Construction) from the University of California, Berkeley in 1978. Mr. Anderson is program management executive with more than 35 years of management, strategic planning, engineering, and construction expertise and has successfully led large, complex projects from their earliest conceptual capital planning stages through operations and maintenance. Prior to joining Rise, Bill served as Chief Facilities Officer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and before that as Associate Vice President for Physical Plant at The Pennsylvania State University. Before working in higher education, he served 25 years as a career officer in the United States Navy Civil Engineering Corps and attained the rank of Captain. He commanded a Naval Construction (SEABEE) Battalion with forces in Egypt, the Philippines, Italy, Greece, and the Caribbean. He also commanded a Navy Public Works Center and an Engineering Field Activity. He is a licensed Civil Engineering in the State of California.

Erin Santini Bell, Ph.D., P.E., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Bell received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1996, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Structural) from Tufts University in 1998 and 2003, respectively. She teaches courses in Rigid Body Mechanics (Statics) and Structural Design in Steel, and Structural Design in Masonry. Her research focuses on structural health monitoring and non-destructive testing. In 2007, she received an NSF Career Award for her research on "A Bridge Condition Assessment Framework Integrating Structural Health Monitoring and Intelligent Transportation Technology". She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New Hampshire and has served as a member of America Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Committee on Methods of Monitoring and Evaluating Structural Performance and the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee AFF40, Dynamics and Field Testing of Bridges.

Peter J. Cheever, P.E., is President and Principal Structural Engineer at LeMessurier Consultants in Cambridge, MA. Mr. Cheever received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tufts University in 1975 and his M.S. in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University in 1980. He has been involved in numerous large-scale structural design projects including the Boston Convention and Exhibit Center, the FleetCenter, the Tsongas Arena at the University of Lowell, and the Grainger Engineering Library at the University of Illinois. Mr. Cheever serves as Chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers committee on the Design of Steel Buildings and have gave several presentations at the Structures Congress on topics related to building in moderate seismic regions. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Massachusetts and twelve other states.

William W. Edgerton, P.E., is a Principal of Jacobs Associates. Mr. Edgerton received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tufts University and his MBA in Procurement and Contracting from George Washington University. During his 25-plus years at Jacobs Associates, Mr. Edgerton has supervised the design of tunnel and deep cut-and-cover projects, developed and analyzed construction costs and schedules, and prepared feasibility studies. He is currently the project manager for the General Consultant for Tunnels and Geotechnical Engineering on DC Water's $2.6 billion Combined Sewer Overflow program, and was the Jacobs Associates principal in charge of the Gilbane/Jacobs Associates Joint Venture, providing construction management services for the recently completed $250 million Narragansett CSO Phase I program in Providence, RI. He is a licensed professional in the District of Columbia, and the States of Florida, Maryland, New York, Oregon, California, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington.

Steve Estes-Smargiassi, is the Director of Planning at the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA). Mr. Estes-Smargiassi received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1979, and his Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP) from Harvard University in 1982. He is a planner and engineer with an interest in complex, multi-disciplinary projects. MWRA's water system includes source reservoirs, treatment facilities, transmission lines, and distribution system facilities and pipelines. The system has an estimated asset replacement value of over $6 billion. Mr. Estes-Smargiassi has over 20 years experience at MWRA and has led or participated in drinking water quality and master planning initiatives carried out by MRWA.

Peter Nangeroni, P.E., LSP, is a Senior Vice President and Shareholder at Woodard & Curran with almost 30 years of due diligence, site investigation and remediation, Brownfields redevelopment planning, environmental engineering, construction management, and solid and chemical waste management experience. Mr. Nangeroni received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tufts University. He has extensive experience in the evaluation of remedial alternatives and the management of diverse project teams in the conceptualization, design, permitting, construction and operation of remedial programs. The Leader of the firm's Corrective Action Service Line, Mr. Nangeroni is an expert in the field of site remediation, with an emphasis on developing remediation schemes that are integrated with site redevelopment plans. He is licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Massachusetts, and has been a Licensed Site Professional (LSP) since the program's inception in 1993 and has written dozens of LSP opinions and submittals.

Dr. David Reckhow has been on the Faculty of the University of Massachusetts since 1985, and has recently completed a term as Interim Department Head of Civil & Environmental Engineering. From 2002 to 2005, he served as Director of The Environmental Institute on the Amherst Campus, as well as the Massachusetts Water Resources Research Center. Prior to coming to UMass, he was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate with the Compagnie Générale des Eaux in Paris. Dave has degrees from Tufts University (BSCE), Stanford University (MSCE) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (PhD). His current research interests include general aquatic chemistry, chemical oxidation of organic compounds in water, coagulation processes, removal of chemical pollutants in water, and aquatic organic matter in natural systems and drinking waters. He has special interests in trace organic compounds, disinfection byproducts and ozonation processes for drinking water treatment. Dave served for several years as North American Technical Editor of the international journal, Ozone: Science and Engineering. He was also a co-editor of the widely-used reference book, Ozone in Water Treatment: Application and Engineering, and a major contributor to the most recent edition of AWWA's Water Quality & Treatment. Dave has authored over 80 research publications. Several of these have been recognized with AWWA and IOA publication awards. He was also a recipient of an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award. Dave has an active research program (currently PI on 8 research grants), and he regularly serves as a consultant to engineering firms, and industrial and governmental groups.

Charles J. Russo, P.E., is a Senior Principal in the Structural Engineering group at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH), a national engineering firm that designs, investigates, and rehabilitates structures and building enclosures. Mr. Russo has 18 years of experience that involves diverse applications of structural engineering and consulting, including new structural design, repairs and modifications to existing buildings, investigations of building performance and failures, and assistance with resolution of construction-related disputes.

Damian R Siebert, P.E., is the Geotechnical Discipline Leader and a Vice President at Haley & Aldrich, Inc. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tufts University in 1998 and an M.S. in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical) from Northwester University in 2000. During his 12 years at Haley & Aldrich, Mr. Siebert has participated as an lead engineer and project manager on a range of geotechnical and structural engineering projects, including permanent and temporary soil nail walls, mechanically stabilized earth walls (MSE), bridges, tunnels, pipelines, as well as buildings with both shallow and deep foundations. Particular expertise has been developed in the design of MSE walls, slopes, and support of excavation systems focusing on soldier pile and lagging, steel sheeting and slurry wall design. Mr. Siebert's structural experience includes working for both project owners and contractors in the preparation of design drawings and specifications. His responsibilities include analysis and design of retaining walls, buildings, culverts, subway stations, and lateral support systems. Temporary support system designs include steel sheet pile cofferdams, concrete slurry walls, soldier pile and lagging, and continuous steel sheeting. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Massachusetts.

Dr. Michelle Williams, ScD, is the Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Public Health and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. She received her M.S. in Civil Engineering (Environmental Health) from Tufts University in 1986, and her A.B. in Genetics from Princeton in 1984. Previously a professor of epidemiology and global health at the University of Washington School of Public Health, Williams has a longstanding relationship with the HSPH Department of Epidemiology, from which she received her doctorate in 1991. She has published more than 260 scientific articles and has received numerous research and teaching awards, including the American Public Health Association's Abraham Lilienfeld Award. In 2011, President Barack Obama presented Williams with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. Dr. Williams's major research interests lie in the areas of women's reproductive health and child health. Her work focuses on integrating genomic sciences and epidemiological research methods to identify risk factors, diagnostic markers, treatments and prevention targets for disorders that contribute to maternal and infant mortality. Her current activities include research and teaching collaborations with epidemiologists in Peru, Chile, Thailand, and Ethiopia.

Brian H. Zelenko, P.E., is a Vice President with Parsons Brinckerhoff and serves as Practice Leader for Geotechnical Engineering and Tunneling for the Eastern U.S. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tufts University in 1984, and M.S. degree in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical) from the University of California at Berkeley in 1985. Mr. Zelenko has worked on a number of major projects during his career, including the Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel in Boston, the Woodrow Wilson Bridge crossing the Potomac River in Maryland and Virginia, and the Red Line Light Rail Transit project in Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Zelenko is a Past President of the ASCE National Capital Section and he has served as Chairman of the TRB Tunnels and Underground Structures Committee since 2008. Prior to joining Parsons Brinckerhoff in 2009, Mr. Zelenko spent 13 years with Haley & Aldrich and 10 years with URS in Boston and Washington, DC. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the District of Columbia, and the States of Maryland, and Virginia.