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Civil Engineering

Cynthia Carlson

Assistant Professor

Civil Engineering


Ph.D., University of New Hampshire
M.S., Dartmouth College
B.S., University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Prior to arriving at Merrimack College in 2015 Dr. Carlson’s most recent teaching experience was as assistant professor of environmental science at New England College, and instructor of the professional engineer licensing test review class for the American Society of Civil Engineers. She has also directed several students’ honors projects, and took a group of four students to Nepal in Summer of 2016   


GEN 1001 Introduction to Engineering
CEN 3050 Environmental Engineering
CEN 4810/ GEN 6999 Trasnportation Systems for Sustainable + Healthy communities
CEN 5030 Environmental Design
GEN 6999G Special Research and Project Stormwater Management

Professional Experience

Dr. Carlson worked as a water resources engineer for 10 years prior to earning her doctorate, contributing to improved water management in communities within the United States, Middle East, and Singapore. She has been a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) since 2002.


Dr. Carlson’s research interests are broadly characterized as ‘how civil engineering impacts public health’, and include storm water management, modeling environment/engineering/social interfaces, combined sewer overflows, and improved communication and education of engineering concepts. 




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