On Friday, April 29, 2016 the University of New Hampshire held their bi-annual Civil & Environmental Engineering Alumni conference. TEC representatives Jody Trunfio (class of 1999) and Michael Riccardi (class of 2014) attended on behalf of TEC’s UNH alumni. The conference was filled with panel discussions, and presentations highlighting projects and advice from fellow UNH alumni.
NHDOT Commissioner Victoria Sheehan headlined the conference and spoke to both students and alumni regarding DOT’s 10 year plan for prioritizing statewide repairs, maintenance, and infrastructure construction.
The student senior project poster presentations highlighted the event’s evening. Earlier this year, the University selected TEC to serve as professional mentors to a group of 5 UNH seniors as part of their Senior Project. The students selected the conceptual design study for the NHSG Rail Trail Segment in the Hampton Marsh. The project helped provide the NH Rockingham County Planning Commission, New Hampshire Seacoast Greenway Rail Trail Advisory Committee, and NHDOT a valuable first step to resolving the challenging Rail Trail design segment through the Hampton Marsh. This segment is the most complex design segment of the approximately 15 miles of Rail Trail in the NH seacoast, and is also the most publically visible, while providing the best scenery and interaction with nature along the whole NH Seacoast Greenway Trail. TEC representatives Rick Friberg (class of 2004), and Tony Ciolfi met with the seniors, reviewed their work, joined conference calls with manufacturers for design concepts, and coordinated with public agencies such as NHDOT, DES, and DHR.
Congrats to the UNH seniors on a well-executed and well-received project, as well as to the UNH Civil & Environmental Engineering Department for a successful day!