The Northeastern University Civil Engineering Alumni Organization (NUCEAO) was formed in 1978 to assist engineering students and to expand the capabilities and resources of the Northeastern University student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.


NUCEAO also has the purpose of enhancing the relationship between alumni and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and its faculty. It forms the core of the civil and environmental engineering alumni base and provides a range of support for the department, including providing speakers for the departmental and student organization seminars, mentors for current student activities, and generous donations.

  • Annual Alumni Dinner

    The NUCEAO Annual Alumni Dinner is held on the Boston campus in late spring. Every year alumni return to campus to hear an update about the department and university. In addition, the program includes the presentation of NUCEAO Most Outstanding Alumnus/a Award and student scholarships. This tradition promotes networking across all graduating classes.

    2020 dinner date will be posted in the coming months.

    Thanks to the 2019 Annual Alumni Dinner sponsors. Their support make the 2019 dinner possible.

    NUCEAO Dinner Sponsors

  • 2019 Outstanding Alumna Award - Heather Mackey Ford, E’79, ME’85

    Heather Mackey Ford, E’79, ME’85
    Heather Mackey Ford, E’79, ME’85
    BSCES Legislative Fellow
    Managing Director of STEM Programs, Global Training & Events Group, LLC


    Heather Mackey Ford, E’79, ME’85, was drawn to environmental issues starting with the first “Earth Day” in 1970. While in high school, Ford led the recycling club, and with her encouragement, the senior class gift was a 40-foot high paper bailer. Further, she persuaded the Department of Public Works director to hire her (unheard of for a girl in those days) so she could learn about sewage and trash collection. It was only natural that when she went to college, she would pursue this environmental passion as a civil engineer.

    Today, Ford has more than 40 years of extensive experience as an environmental engineering professional, primarily in the areas of hazardous waste and water contamination for a variety of public and private clients. Early in her career, while at the US Environmental Protection Agency, Ford wrote laws and interpreted regulatory guidance for waste problems that led to permitting the first hazardous waste treatment and storage facility in the nation; Ford received the National Society of Professional Engineers top award for this work. Beyond a career spent in Superfund, hazardous waste remedial regulations, and cleanups, Ford served as a principal in two startup companies: a remedial contracting firm, which began at her kitchen table and grew to a $5 million operation that was purchased by Westinghouse; and, a microbial bioremediation and ultrafiltration firm, which developed technologies with innovative patents that are still in operation in both the US and Canada.

    As an environmental consultant, Ford has also served as vice president and a member of the executive team at Nobis Engineering, where she was responsible for company operations, risk management, and project quality, but saw an opportunity to make a real difference in the life of employees. This included mentoring, expanding community service, and hiring a diverse workforce. Ford served on the board of the American Council of Engineering Companies and was a champion for the risk management committee. Currently, she is an active member of The Boston Club, which promotes the advancement of women to significant and visible leadership roles.

    As a serial volunteer, Ford has served her town of Hamilton, Mass. for almost 35 years through a mix of elected and volunteer positions ranging from Board of Selectman, Board of Public Works, Conservation Commission, and of course, the Recycling Committee. She founded, and currently chairs, a municipal non-profit, The Hamilton Foundation, that provides short-term financial support to about 25 families in crisis yearly. Ford also led Girl Scout troop for 12 years, and is currently serving as a board member for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts.

    During her years at Northeastern, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) advanced the theme “Civil Engineering – A People Serving Profession.” This slogan has always resonated with Ford. She has been an active champion for civil engineers as a member of American Society of Civil Engineers/Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section (BSCES) for her entire career, beginning as a student at Northeastern, where she served as the president of the student chapter. Ford recently served on the ASCE National Environment, Energy, and Water Policy Committee, and is currently serving as an ASCE Civil Engineering ABET program evaluator, which accredits university civil engineering college programs. She is also serving her second term as a BSCES Legislative Fellow at the Massachusetts State House.

    For those that know her, Northeastern has always been Ford’s passion and a strong focus in her life. She is a proud double husky, and in addition to her husband Thomas Ford, E’78, both of her daughters, Molly Ford Beck, DSMB’09 and Teri Ford, E’13), are also proud Northeastern graduates. Ford, was an early NUCEAO member, and served in officer and executive board roles. As a Northeastern volunteer, Ford has served as an ASCE student chapter contact member, overseen civil and environmental engineering capstone projects for graduating seniors, worked with Admissions for high school recruiting, and is currently working with Alumni Relations as a STEM mentor for women graduate students. Ford also serves on the Civil and Environmental Engineering Industrial Advisory Board.

    The civil engineering profession, environmental protection, community service, and Northeastern have been Ford’s passions, and we are proud to have her as our 2019 NUCEAO Outstanding Alumna.

    Past Recipients

    1979 Joseph Lawler, E’43*
    1980 William H. Bruce, E’30*
    1981 Julius Abrams, E’25*
    1982 Edwin B. Cobb, E’29*
    1983 Bertram Berger, E’54*
    1983 Fenton G. Keyes, E’39*
    1984 James N. De Serio, E’35*
    1985 Joseph E. Heney, E’52*
    1986 Robert B. Barton, E’57*
    1987 Stanley Shuman, E’48
    1988 Francis M. Keville, E’60*
    1989 Charles A. Parthum, E’51
    1990 Richard D. Smith Sr., E’53*
    1991 Leo F. Peters, E’60, ME’66
    1992 Robert C. Marini, E’54
    1993 Robert L. Meserve, E’51
    1994 William F. Kearns, E’57*
    1995 Peter Ogren, E’69
    1996 Franklin B. Davis, E’60
    1997 Lawrence McCluskey, E’48
    1998 Louis L. Guerriere, E’59
    1999 Joseph F. Casazza, E’57*
    2000 Frederick G. Aufiero Jr., E’67
    2001 Gordon H. Slaney Jr., E’66
    2002 James T. Cahill, E’79
    2003 Robert R. Tillman, E’72, MS’79, PhD’88
    2004 Emile W. J. Troup, ’62
    2005 John F. Toomey, E’62
    2006 Christine M. Keville, E’90
    2007 Edward B. Wenners, E’63
    2008 Timothy J. McGrath, E’73
    2009 Charles T. Buuck, E’72
    2010 Richard J. Scranton, H’10
    2011 William H. Hover, E’77
    2012 Eugene M. Reppucci Jr., E’60
    2013 John P. Sullivan, E’63, MS’76
    2014 Michael Kupferman, E’69
    2015 Not Awarded
    2016 Edward G. Galante, E’73
    2017 William S. Howard, E’69
    2018 Houssam H. Sleiman, E’83, MS’85

  • Annual Campaign

    Civil and environmental engineering alumni are encouraged to voluntarily contribute at least $20 annually to the Northeastern University Civil Engineering Alumni Organization Fund. The fund was established to assist CEE and Northeastern in three areas

    • Support the Northeastern University student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers
    • Support the civil engineering student body in general
    • Fund expenses related to the annual alumni dinner such as gifts, awards and the bricks presented to graduating seniors

    Contributions made to the fund are considered charitable donations to Northeastern University. The university will provide acknowledgement and tax receipt.

    Make your contribution
  • Newsletter

    Check out past issues of the NUCEAO newsletters.




  • Officers

    President – Ezgi Kosereisoglu, E’14
    Vice President – Anna Dastgheib-Beheshti, E’15
    Secretary – Allison Goldberg, E’15
    Treasurer – Daniel Hack, E’16
    Social Media and Marketing Coordinator – Kayla Sousa, E’15
    Academic Liaison – Jude Arbogast, E’19
    Academic Liaison – Michael Tecci, E’03

    Executive Committee
    Marc Gabriel, E’04
    Rich Maher, E’07
    Kaitlin McCarthy, E’09
    Melissa L. Recos, E’05
    Todd J. Stringer, E’05

  • Contacts

    Alumnus Contact
    Ezgi Kosereisoglu, E’14, President

    Campus Contact
    Daniel M. Dulaski