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Civil Engineering

David Westerling

Associate Professor, Emeritus

Civil Engineering


Wentworth Institute of Technology- Boston, Massachusetts, Associate Degree, Tau Alpha Pi | University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Massachusetts, Bachelor of Science, Senior Honors Program | Worcester Polytechnic Institute - Worcester, Massachusetts, Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy


  • Environmental Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Construction Planning
  • Land Surveying and Site Design
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Engineering Communitcations

Professional Experience

2013-2014 Legislative Fellow, Massachusetts State House, Joint Committee on Transportation.  Served on legislative committee staff as advisor on multiple issues including Transportation  Bond Bill, House and Senate Post Audit and Oversight Comm. issues such as Affordable Care Act IT procurement services, etc.

2008-2010 City of New Orleans, Office of the Inspector General, Interim Inspector General and Supervisory Forensic Engineer.  Served in the new office overseeing the recovery from Hurricane Katrina and re-establishing good government practices for procuring public works and maintenance of infrastructure.

1999-2000 American Association for the Advancement of Science, ASCE Congressional Fellow serving in the U. S. Senate, Office of Senator Kent Conrad.  Work related to Missouri and Mississippi River operations, water supply for North Dakota, Flooding in Grand Forks and Fargo, ND.  Also gave advice on reauthorization  of the FAA and other related budget issues.

1992-2004 Chief Engineer and Consultant, Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General.  Staff member to IG Robert Cerasoli providing technical and procedural advice on city and town and state agency procurements.   Investigated waste, fraud and abuse found in statewide governance.

1985- Present Faculty member, Merrimack College, North Andover MA. Taught courses in Construction Management, Land Surveying, Environmental Engineering and other related topics. Held positions as Chair of the Department and President of the Faculty Senate. 2013-2014 Faculty Senate Executive Committee.

1982-1985 State Engineer, USDA Farmers Home Administration,  Amherst, MA.  Provided oversight and approval authority of Community Programs and Housing Programs in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.  Reviewed loan applications, financing arrangements, construction contracts, bonding and insurance requirements and other regulatory and legal requirements for funding projects.


Selected Publications/Productions

Westerling, David L. and Capaldi, Franco, pilot web-based class, “Introduction  to Office of Inspector

General”, Using STEMSI online training system, Association of Inspectors General, 2013

Westerling, David L. and Poftak, Stephen, Our Legacy ofNeglect, The Longfellow Bridge, The Pioneer

Institute,, July, 2007

Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General (D.L. Westerling assisting), A Big Dig Cost Recovery Proposal: Trench Drain Failures Led to Cost Increases, (, November, 2004

Westerling, David L. and Werkman, Janet, Privatizing Municipal Water and Wastewater Systems, Promises and Pitfalls, Public Works Management & Policy, Volume 5, No. l, July 2000

David L. Westerling, Ph.D., P.E. graduated in 1970 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering where he them began a career with the U.S. Soil Conservation Service in Massachusetts. Dr. Westerling earned a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1975 and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 1995. Dr. Westerling was promoted to State Engineer for the Farmers Home Administration serving Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Beginning in 1982 he served as an Hydraulic Engineer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, working from Maine to Virginia on fish passage and water supply facilities. He has been teaching Civil Engineering at Merrimack College since 1985 and has also served as the ASCE Congressional Fellow and the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section ASCE Legislative Fellow. He recently returned from New Orleans LA where he worked as a Forensic Engineer and was Interim Inspector General for the City of New Orleans.

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David “Doc” Westerling, P.E., P.L.S.
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