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  • Colin Cunniff, a major in Civil Engineering with a minor in Environmental Studies and Sustainability, decided early on that a Co-op was necessary to break into the Engineering field.
    April 16 Image preview
  • Senior Maggie Jacques named to ASCE top ten individuals list
    February 12 Image preview
  • This concrete canoe spent a few weeks in the Mendel Pond during spring semester. But why? 
    July 7 Image preview
  • The Concrete Canoe team will be competing in this year’s competition to take place on April 21, 2012.
    April 21
  • The Steel Bridge team is once again preparing for this year’s Steel Bridge Competition. The final bridge design is currently under construction.  The event is scheduled for March 31, 2012 at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
    March 31
7th Annual Civil Engineering Golf Tournament | May 9th

The ASCE Student Chapter and Civil Engineering Alumni Association will hold it’s Golf Tournament at Far Corner Golf Course in West Boxford, MA.   This year, the event is hoping to raise approximately $2,500 for our Fitzgerald Fund, which was established to support student activities and projects - like the Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge competitions.   You may click to sign up for the event.  Please sign up no later than 5/2/14 and if you have any questions you may contact  Jean Reynolds in the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Dept. at or Chris Cole, CE Alumni Association President,   

Seniors Present Design Project 

This year’s civil engineering seniors worked with Tewksbury Town Facility Redesign.  Our partners are:  Engineering:  Michelle Jodar Stein, P.E. Town Engineer, Carlos Jaquez, Project Manager and Joseph Giuliano, Project Manager.  Public Works:  Brian Gilbert, Superintendent, Rick Spinal, Asst. Superintentent.  Community Development:  Steve Sadwick, Director, Ed Johnson, Building Commissioner, Kyle Boyd, Conservative Agent and Larry Gilbert, Fleet Maintenance Supervisor.  The seniors presented their design on April 26th.

Merrimack Steel Bridge Competition 

Our team competed in this year’s ASCE Northeast Regional Steel Bridge competition held at MIT on April 20th.   The competition is co-sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The annual competition involved the design and fabrication of a 20-foot long steel bridge that is judged based on a combination of aesthetics, performance, and cost.  This year Merrimack took fifth place in the Region!  Watch the video.

Merrimack Preparing for Concrete Canoe Competition

For the first time in 13 years, Merrimack College’s Concrete Canoe Team competed in the annual ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition at UMass Dartmouth.  The competition challenges students to design, build, and even race a canoe made entirely of concrete! (Yes, concrete can float!!)  We are proud that they competed and successfully completed the competition.  Watch the video

Haiti Project Medishare   

Through the efforts of Professor Marc Veletzos, we are planning to send 2 to 4 of our CE upperclassmen on a team to Haiti as part of the Campus-wide partnership with Project Medishare.  Our students will assess the water needs of a small village and design a delivery system for it. 



October 2, 2014

  • Henry Petroski is the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering at Duke University and author of many books, including, most recently, To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure. He will read and talk about his work. 3 pm.

    March 7: Henry Petroski