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Civil Engineering

Joseph Tierney III

Class of 2008
Civil Engineering Major

Joseph Tierney, III spent  five years building bridges at Merrimack College – literally.

A long-time member and captain of Merrimack’s award winning Steel Bridge building team, Joe also served as President of Merrimack’s American Society of Civil Engineering student chapter.

Building a model-sized steel bridge for competition means creating strong infrastructure in the least amount of time, and Joe’s experience made him the resident expert at building bridges. In 2007, Tierney led Merrimack’s steel bridge team to win the New England competition over MIT, UConn, and Northeastern, securing a spot for Merrimack at nationals in Los Angeles, Calif.

Tierney chose a cooperative education path at Merrimack, where he spent two semesters working full-time to gain as much professional experience as possible. While at Bayside Engineering (Woburn, Mass.), he focused on structural design such as highways; he also spent a semester at CDM (Manchester, NH) assisting with sewer design.

Merrimack provided Joe with exactly what he wanted in a college education - professor involvement. “All of my professors give good advice. In class and with the steel bridge, they take time to attend meetings and give suggestions on design, budget and even the way the meetings are being run. It is extremely helpful.”

Joe also saw Merrimack’s small class sizes as a huge advantage. He bonded with his fellow students due to group projects and discussions. “I didn’t have a class at Merrimack where the professor didn’t know my name and something about me.”

Tierney is currently attending graudate school for civil engineering.