Leadership Highlights

Northeastern University

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

  • Responsible for a broad range of academic operational activities linking the College’s strategic plan, programmatic initiatives, faculty hiring, University academic policies, and budget/space planning. Facilities and space, computer operations, administration and finance.
  • Faculty Hiring
    • Developed offer packages and conducted negotiations for 13 new faculty hires in 2011
    • Managed selection of new faculty lines for College and oversaw search operations
  • Formed College Community Committee to formulate plan to welcome & integrate new faculty and staff hires, develop more collegial relationships among COE’ers
  • College ABET Coordinator for 5 programs
  • Led formation and drove process for Bioengineering Program Development Committee and First Year Engineering Redesign Committee
  • Interfaced with university on college strategic plan
  • Advised Provost office on TRACE, FACT and assessment programs
  • Oversaw space planning involving faculty and support offices
  • Led faculty in strategic planning discussion to establish college research thrusts
  • Led budget augmentation process and allocation to units
  • Led 3-year budget planning, including realigning college operating budget to more accurately reflect true operating costs, planning for faculty hiring, and negotiating with Provost’s office for budget adjustments to account for faculty expansion and revenue-enhancing programmatic initiatives.

 Acting Chair, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering 2007-2010

  • Finance, Budget and Facilities
    • Oversee annual operational budget of $90K, and total budget of $3.1M
    • Raised $500K for student activities endowment and addition funds for endowed communications program
    • Revamped graduate student offices and research labs, expanded undergraduate design student capacity
  •  Academic and Research Programs
    • Led development of dept. strategic planning document, including strategic research thrusts and the “Cities of the Future” department research theme
    • Restructured endowed $750K communications program in conjunction with Industrial Advisory Board; added $50K to endowment
    • Developed international summer semester experiences in Europe
    • Initiated on-line graduate course offerings
    • Oversaw on-line graduate student application process
    • Expanded graduate student enrollment from 75 to 100
  •  Faculty/Staff Development (15 standing faculty, 8 adjunct faculty, 4 staff members)
    •  Facilitated faculty approval of dept. policies and procedures manual
    •  Negotiated phased retirements for senior faculty
    •  Led hiring initiative for high-profile senior faculty member
    •  Negotiated to retain strategically critical faculty members
    •  Enhanced funding for faculty development activities
    •  Established permanent instructor position in transportation

Research, Scholarship and Service Leadership

  • PI on grants from NSF, NIH, and other federal agencies; responsible for $2.8M in grant activity
  • Author/co-author of 70 papers and seminal textbook in geotechnical engineering
  • Co-Editor, ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal, 2002-2008
  • Chair, Transportation Research Board (part of National Academies) committee AFS20, Soil and Rock Instrumentation, 2000-2006
  • Chair, Faculty Senate General Education Implementation Committee, 2007-2008

Director of Undergraduate Program, 1998-Present

  • Serve as faculty advisor for 340 undergraduates
  • Chair department undergraduate studies committee
  • Coordinate ABET quality improvement and compliance processes, led successful 2007 visit
  • Developed web-based course/discipline assessment and feedback system
  • Administer $50K scholarship program


U.S. Navy

Officer-in-Charge, Navy Seabee Unit, Naval Air Station Alameda, CA

  • Directly responsible for 90 enlisted personnel carrying out construction operations
  • Reported to NAS Commanding Officer and Bay Area Naval facilities managers
  • Managed all aspects of materials, equipment, budgets, personnel evaluation and scheduling

Assistant Officer-in-Charge, Navy Seabee Unit, various overseas locations

  • Administration of 90 to 150-person units, including materials, equipment and logistics
  • Managed deployment/redeployment to remote area and host Naval bases