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Notable CEEES Alumni

Joseph A. “Bud” Ahearn
Retired Senior Executive, CH2M HILL, Englewood, CO
Major General (Retired), U.S. Air Force

Member, National Academy of Engineering (elected 2010)

National Security Policy, Advanced Management Program, Harvard University, 1988
Industrial College of the Armed Services, 1979
M.S. Syracuse University, 1967
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1958

I am recently retired senior executive of CH2M HILL, where I was an executive leader in the engineering business lines of transportation, environment, water, industrial design, and related infrastructure. During my 20-year career at CH2M HILL I served as Vice Chairman of the Board with responsibilities for strategic planning, governmental affairs, strategic communications, and leadership development, and also served in several other capacities including Transportation Business Group President, Eastern Region Manager, Federal Programs Director, and Principal-In-Charge for two major transportation corridor projects in California and a multi-billion dollar military base for US and Korean Forces in South Korea.

Prior to joining CH2M HILL, I had a distinguished military career spanning three decades, where I achieved the rank of Major General in the U.S. Air Force. During my 34 years with the Department of Defense, I was responsible for shaping financial strategy, developing budgets, and executing infrastructure programs totaling more than $7 billion annually. As the Senior Civil Engineer for the U.S. Air Force, I directed the readiness programs for military operations and natural disaster response of U.S. Air Force combat engineers as well as the development and operations of all U.S. air bases around the world.

Dedicated to advancing engineering education and providing sustainable systems and services in developing countries, I am a founding sponsor and a governing board director (emeritus) of Engineers Without Borders U.S.A. Committed to strengthening the engineering profession, I am a member of the National Academy of Engineers (NAE), the President of the National Academy of Construction (NAC), a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a member of ASCE’s Industry Leaders Council (ILC), and the past national president of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).

Being a resident of the Denver region since 1997, I have focused on educating the next generation of Colorado’s leaders and actively engaged as a lecturer, advisor, and Board member of the business, engineering, and humanities colleges of Colorado’s finest universities. In 2011 I joined, as a founding partner, the J3Leadership Group, a leadership development and performance consulting firm.

In addition to numerous military awards, I received the Air Force Order of the Sword, the highest honor the Noncommissioned Officer Corps of the U.S. Air Force can bestow, the University of Notre Dame College of Engineering Honor Award for professional achievement, the Newman Medal from the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) for outstanding military engineering achievement in Europe. I was named an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects, received the SAME Golden Eagle award for lifetime achievement, the recipient of the 2010 ASCE Opal Award for lifetime achievement and recognized by the Construction Industry Institute with their 2012 Dunn Award for lifetime achievement.

Challenges and Innovation in Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar Series (February 14, 2013), (January 27, 2011)

Last Updated: 7/01/2013

Edward DePaola
President and CEO, Severud Associates

J.D. Seton Hall University
M.S. University of Notre Dame
B.S. University of Notre Dame

Ed DePaola, PE is President and CEO of Severud Associates Consulting Engineers PC, New York. He is licensed in 21 states, and a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). He is a past President and Founding Member of the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) and is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), and the Board of Directors of the Structural Engineering Certification Board (SECB).

Over the past 35 years, he has designed numerous projects including high-rise buildings, long-span facilities and special structures requiring innovative structural solutions. His structural designs include the Jeppesen Terminal Roof and Glass Enclosure Structures of the Denver International Airport, the American Airlines Terminal at JFK International Airport and the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park.

He received a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall School of Law. He was the Principal-in-Charge of the “Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park”, the second tallest building in NYC and the first high-rise office structure in the world to receive a LEED Platinum rating. In March of 2012, he was made a Fellow of The Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE.

Web Link: severud.com

Last Updated: 10/30/2017

Edward B. Fitzpatrick, Jr.
Retired Owner, Fitzpatrick McGoldrick and Associates

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1954

After graduating from Notre Dame, I was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, in the United States Army, Corps of Engineers. I served on active duty for a period of time and then spent six years in the reserves and resigned as a First Lieutenant.

I always wanted to go into the heavy construction industry but my Dad, who was a Civil Engineering graduate from Cooper Union, advised me to spend several years working in design before I went into the heavy construction field. I took his advice and it helped me tremendously in my heavy construction career. I must admit that he was a much better engineer than I ever was. After leaving the service I took a position in the design department of Texaco. After working there for a year I took a position in the design department of the oldest marine and heavy construction firm in the USA at that time, Merritt Chapman and Scott (MCS). There I got the most rewarding design experiences I ever had, such as the sinking procedures for the caissons for the four main tower piers of the Throgs Neck Bridge; the design of the two, two hundred forty foot high head towers and the two, two hundred and twenty foot high tail towers for the Glen Canyon Dam which were to used to transport the four million cubic yards of concrete across the canyon to build the dam; and the design of the temporary New York Central Railroad bridges so that MCS could build the Tuscarora power plant near Buffalo. From there I went to Morrison Knudsen and stayed for two years to learn the estimating part of the business.

Sometime during 1965 I started my own heavy construction business and in late 1967 brought in a partner, Joseph M. McGoldrick, a Civil Engineering Graduate from Lehigh University in 1959. We concentrated mostly on marine and special types of heavy construction projects. Some of the projects we built were a bridge for the B & O Railroad, a bridge over the Hackensack River and another bridge over the Passaic River for the New Jersey Turnpike; a bridge over the Hudson River in Troy NY, the two mile long Coney Island Viaduct in Brooklyn, a pier for Moore McCormack lines, a pier for American President lines, three piers for the United States Coast Guard cutters at Governors Island, an oil tanker terminal for Port Albany, an oil tanker terminal for Port Everglades, two 84 inch ocean outfalls that were each over 5 miles long for Nassau and Suffolk counties, a section of the New York City subway in Queens, a section of the Atlanta subway system, over 10 miles of the elevated transit system plus 6 stations for Dade County, construction of the seawall and the landfill for Battery Park City, along with many numerous other projects.

In 1988, we formed a consulting firm called Fitzpatrick McGoldrick and Associates. We represented owners, other contractors, engineers, and attorneys with their engineering and construction issues. One owner was the Diocese of Rockville Centre which was formed in 1957 and covered Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The Diocese was exploding with Catholics after WW II. During a six-year period, we had constructed or expanded over 40 churches, numerous rectories, schools and gyms. All of them were completed on time and within budget.

I have been a licensed Professional Engineer in the states of New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Georgia, am a member of the Moles, and am a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Today I am retired but remain active as a member of the Notre Dame College of Engineering Advisory Council (since 1972) and also come back to lecture about construction innovation, large scale construction, and ethics.

Challenges and Innovation in Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar Series (September 21, 2012), (September 15, 2011), (March 17, 2010)

Last Updated: 6/30/2013

Michael F. McNally
President and CEO, Skanska USA Inc.

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1977
M.B.A. University of Rhode Island, 1981

I hold a BSCE degree from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Rhode Island. Beginning my career as an offshore field engineer in Cairo, Egypt, I have been working in the construction industry for over 35 years, 15 of which have been with Skanska. Before coming to Skanska, I served as Vice President in charge of construction for Fluor Daniel’s Industrial Group.

I am one of nine members of Skanska AB’s Senior Executive Team responsible for Skanska’s global operations and directly responsible for Skanska’s business units in the U.S. and Latin America. As President and CEO of Skanska USA Inc., I oversee Skanska USA Building, which specializes in building construction; Skanska USA Civil, which is focused on civil infrastructure; and Skanska USA Commercial Development, which pursues commercial development initiatives in select U.S. markets.

Skanska is a large international construction and development company with annual revenues of approximately $20 billion. Skanska continues to grow and strengthen its presence in the U.S. Our revenue in the US is approximately $7 billion, making the US operation the largest in Skanska. We specialize in large complicated construction projects such as the renovation of the United Nations’ New York headquarters; the University Medical Center in New Orleans; eBay’s new data center; the New Meadowlands NFL Stadium; the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle; renovation of the Brooklyn Bridge; two major projects at the World Trade Center; and two NYC subway tunnels. We have 38 offices in the US any many of them have been recognized as “Best Places to Work.”

I currently sit on the national board of directors for the ACE Mentoring Program and on the Leadership Council of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Let’s Rebuild America initiative. I also serve as Vice Chairman of New York Building Congress.

We have done several projects on the ND campus. Most recently the Stayer Center, and the renovation of the Morris Inn.

Challenges and Innovation in Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar Series (February 11, 2009)

Web Link: http://www.usa.skanska.com

Last Updated: 6/28/2013

Dennis F. Murphy
Retired President, Kiewit Engineering Company

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1971

I graduated from Notre Dame with a BS in Civil Engineering in 1971. Within the CE curriculum in use at that time, I concentrated on Structures and Environmental Engineering. During summers at home on Long Island, New York, I interned with a local road/bridge contractor, first as a surveyor and then as a junior estimator. After graduation, I went to work for Peter Kiewit Sons' on the 63rd St Tube and Tunnel in NYC as a Marine Field engineer.

My career with the Kiewit group of Companies spanned 34 plus years. Along the way I had a variety of titles including field engineer, project engineer, superintendent, quality control manager, project manager, estimate sponsor, area manager, senior engineer/estimator, estimate manager, and for the last 10 years of active employment with Kiewit served as President of Kiewit Engineering Co. KECO as it was called then, was an in-house consulting engineering firm providing estimating, engineering and quality related services to all divisions of Kiewit. I continued to consult for Kiewit for 6 years after official retirement, so 40 years would best delineate my total time with Kiewit

Significant projects I was associated with include: Hibernia and White Rose offshore platforms in Newfoundland, Second Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington, Benicia and Skyway Bridges in the Bay Area, Great Belt Tunnel and bridge crossing in Denmark, Deer Island Tunnel and many of the "Big Dig" projects in Boston, Hutchinson Island Nuclear plant in Florida, numerous port structures, bridges, roads, dams, tunnels, powerhouses, and related infrastructure work. 

Challenges and Innovation in Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar Series (February 10, 2010), (March 25, 2009)

Last Updated: 5/04/2013

William J. Nugent
President and CEO, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

M.S. University of Illinois, 1977
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1973

I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1973 and a Master of Science degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1977.

Between my studies I was employed as a structural design engineer at Sargent & Lundy Engineers in Chicago, and as a land surveyor at George Reiter Associates in Joliet, Illinois. Following graduate school, I joined Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE) in Northbrook, Illinois as a junior structural engineer. I eventually became a senior principal level structural engineer with WJE, and in 1998, I was elected the firm's president and chief executive officer. 

WebLink: wje.com

Last Updated: 10/30/2017

Jon Olson
Department Chairman, Frank W. Jessen Professor, Lois K. and Richard D. Foger Leadership Chair, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, UT-Austin

Ph.D. Stanford University, 1991
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1984

My research specialty is geomechanics, focusing on the optimization of and environmental impact of unconventional oil and gas development, particularly in regard to hydraulic fracturing. I teach courses in geomechanics, hydraulic fracturing, petroleum geology and introductory petroleum engineering. I recently completed a Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Distinguished Lecture tour talking on hydraulic fracturing.

WebLink: www.pge.utexas.edu/facultystaff/profiles/olson

Last Updated: 9/04/2015

Kenneth E. Stinson
Chairman Emeritus, Peter Kiewit Sons’, Inc.

Member, National Academy of Engineering (Elected 2007)

M.S. Stanford University, 1970
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1964

After graduating with a BS in Civil Engineering in 1964, I worked in the Public Works Department in Santa Clara County, California until I entered the U.S. Navy in early 1966. I was commissioned as an Ensign in the spring of 1966 and subsequently was assigned to a Navy SEABEE (Construction) Battalion. I served first as Engineering Officer and then Company Commander over the next three years, including 2½ tours in Vietnam.

Upon completing my service in the Navy, I attended Stanford University where I received an MS in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on Construction Management. It was during my time at Stanford that I began my career at Kiewit, working as a summer intern on a BART subway station project in San Francisco.

After receiving my graduate degree at Stanford, I went to work for Kiewit on a more permanent basis. The first phase of my career included assignments from Coast to Coast on large, complex, and risky projects. They included an assignment as marine engineer and then marine superintendent on the 63rd Street Tube and Tunnel Project under the East River in New York City; casting yard superintendent on the Pasco Kennewick Cable-Stayed Bridge project over the Columbia River in Eastern Washington State; and manager of engineering and planning and then general superintendent on the $425 million Ft. McHenry Submersed Tube Tunnel beneath Baltimore Harbor.

In 1982 I was promoted to Vice President of marketing and business development and moved to Kiewit’s headquarters in Omaha, NE. In the mid-1980’s I was assigned responsibility for Kiewit’s heavy construction operations east of the Mississippi and power and process construction throughout North America. Responsibility for Kiewit’s mining business was added in 1989.

In 1992, I was named CEO and subsequently Chairman of Kiewit’s construction and mining business and in 1998 was named CEO and Chairman of the parent company Peter Kiewit Sons’, Inc. In 2005 I handed the reins of CEO off to my successor and remained Chairman until the end of 2012.

I have been very active in many civic and charitable endeavors for many years, primarily in Omaha, Nebraska. I continue to serve on 4 corporate boards. I served on the Notre Dame Engineering Advisory Council from 1996 to 2008. In 2006, I was honored to be elected to the Notre Dame Board of Trustees where I am currently a Trustee Emeritus.

1996 – University of Notre Dame College of Engineering Honor Award
2002 - The Beavers - Golden Beavers' Management Award
2003 - American Society of Civil Engineers – OPAL Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Construction
2005 – The Moles – Moles Member Award for Outstanding Achievement in Construction
2013 – University of Notre Dame – Honorary Doctorate Degree

Professional Associations:
Construction Industry Round Table – Past Chairman
American Society of Engineers
Tau Beta Pi – Honorary Member
National Academy of Engineering
National Academy of Construction

Web Link: www.kiewit.com

Last Updated: 8/19/2013

Richard P. Wolsfeld, Jr.
President, AECOM Transportation, Chicago, IL

Masters in City Planning, Yale University, 1966
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1964

I am a senior manager in AECOM’s North America Transportation Business Line; including transit, rail, highway/bridge, airports, planning, and marine. Throughout the last 40 years, I have managed more than 300 projects of varying size and scope. My project experience includes multi-modal corridor studies, fixed guideway, and roadway preliminary design/EIS, transportation planning, and traffic engineering. I have been project principal or a member of a joint venture board on numerous transportation projects, including the cities of Atlanta, Minneapolis, Seattle, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Norfolk, Chicago, Columbus, Portland, Denver, San Diego, and Los Angeles.

Major transportation multi-modal corridor studies managed or directed by me include:
• I-66 MIS in Washington, DC analyzed extensions of the METRO Orange Line, VRE Commuter Rail, circumferential LRT service, HOV lanes, and roadway improvements (1996-1999)
• Tampa Mobility MIS analyzed alternative multi-modal strategies in eight corridors with an extensive community/agency participation program (1997-1998)
• SeaTac MIS in Seattle analyzed alternative transit systems to improve the access to SeaTac International Airport (1995-1996)
• I-494 Corridor Study in the Twin Cities evaluated alternative multi-modal strategies for this circumferential urban freeway (1992-1993)
• I-71 Corridor Study (Cincinnati)/MIS is a 36-mile corridor between the airport in Northern Kentucky, through downtown Cincinnati, and out to the northeast (1998-1999)
• Northstar Corridor between downtown Minneapolis and St. Cloud, MN. Study selected commuter rail as the preferred alternative for this 80-mile corridor (1998-2000)
• Minneapolis/St. Paul Central Corridor Project Related Studies evaluated seven key issues in the corridor (2004-2006).

The preliminary design/EIS phase of the following fixed guideway and roadway projects have been directed or managed by me:
• Newark-Elizabeth Rail Link PE/EIS Project is a nine-mile LRT line connecting Newark Penn Station and Broad Street Commuter Rail Station, with the Newark International Airport and Elizabeth (1996-1998)
• Hiawatha Avenue is a 12-mile corridor that connects downtown Minneapolis with the Twin Cities Airport. The EIS evaluated roadway and transit alternatives and included both 4(f) and 6(f) statements. The roadway portion of the project is under construction, the LRT portion is being implemented as a design/build project (1979-1985)
• Norfolk-Virginia Beach PE/EIS Project is an 18-mile, $400 million LRT system (1996-2001)
• Monorail-Northeast Corridor Extension Project at Newark International Airport assessed the impacts of a $250 million, one-mile extension of the existing on-airport automated people mover system to a new station on the Northeast Commuter Rail Corridor (1994-1996).

Challenges and Innovation in Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar Series (February 04, 2009)

Web Link: www.aecom.com

Last Updated: 07/07/2013

Richard D. Woods
Professor Emeritus, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Member, National Academy of Engineering (elected 2003)

Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1967
M.S. University of Notre Dame, 1962
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1957

After graduating with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Notre Dame, I served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 3 years. I then came back to Notre Dame and received my M.S. in Civil Engineering. From 1962 to 1963 I worked at the Air Force Weapons Lab at the Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I subsequently became an Instructor at Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan from 1963-1964. I attended the University of Michigan to work on my Ph.D. specializing in Geotechnical Engineering which I completed in 1967. From 1967 to 2002 I was a faculty member in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan, specializing in Geotechnical Engineering. I served as department chair from 1984 through 2002. From 2002 through 2010, I came back to Notre Dame as a Visiting Professor.

My areas of specialization are in soil dynamics and geotechnical earthquake engineering with applications in the areas of geophysics and geotechnical engineering.

I have been a consultant to Tibbets, Abbott, McArthy Stratton,(TAMS) on the Tarbela Dam project looking at vibrations from tunnels and earthquake magnification. I have been a consultant for Bechtel and Nuclean (Brazil) on foundations for Nuclear Power Plants. I have also been a consultant to automobile companies on foundations for sensitive operations as well as foundations for automobile shakers and automobile shredders.