Steering Committee

    Anne Stoner

    Texas Tech

        Anthony Puntin

        Tony is an adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire teaching in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and the Civil Engineering Technology Department.  He is also an Associate for the consulting firm BETA Group, Inc. where he responsible for the management and oversight on their northern New England office.  He has 22 years of experience in the civil engineering industry with a focus on transportation projects and project management.  Tony recently served for 5 years as the Executive Director of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers.  It that role he was responsible for overall leadership of the Society, executing policies, implementing the Strategic Plan, and managing finances.

            Arne Bomblies

            Arne Bomblies is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Vermont. His background is in hydrology and environmental engineering, and his current research interests are in climate change impacts. Dr. Bomblies is also a registered professional engineer in Vermont. Recent research focus has been on data-driven methods for nonstationary flood frequency analysis as it relates to streamflow dynamics and culvert sizing. Current and future research work includes novel methods for nonstationary flood plain delineation and management. Dr. Bomblies also investigates the nature of changes in precipitation climatology (with an emphasis on extremes) statistically and mechanistically, and how these changes translate into changes of streamflow regime. Dr. Bomblies holds a PhD (Civil and Environmental Engineering) from MIT and an MS (Civil and Environmental Engineering) from the University of Colorado, and holds a PE license in Vermont.

                Austin Becker

                Dr. Austin Becker is Assistant Professor of Coastal Planning, Policy, and Design in the Department of Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island. His teaching and research on sustainable design, port planning and policy, GIS, and climate policy contribute to the untangling of complex planning and policy problems involving uncertainty, mismatched incentive structures, and climate change. He uses urban coastal areas, and seaports in particular, as a lens through which to study tools, such as vulnerability indices and disaster visualizations, that enhance stakeholder participation in long-term planning. Dr. Becker is a regularly invited speaker at expert meetings of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and the Joint Research Center of the European Commission, as well as numerous conferences in the United States. He also served as a contributing author to the National Climate Assessment and to the American Society of Civil Engineers Manual on Sea Level Rise Considerations for Marine Civil Works. Dr. Becker earned his PhD in Stanford University’s Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources. He earned his Master of Marine Affairs and Master of Environmental Science and Management degrees at URI and he holds a B.A. from Hampshire College. His previous career was as a captain of educational sailing ships, including Rhode Island’s Continental Sloop Providence. He maintains a 500-Ton U.S. Coast Guard captain’s license for ocean-going vessels.

                    Bob Landry

                    Bob Landry is Administrator for the Bureau of Bridge Design with the NHDOT. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire. His responsibilities include managing the Department’s bridge program. Bob has worked for the Department for 28 years. Prior to joining NHDOT, Bob designed roller coasters and other amusement rides for OD Hopkins of Contoocook, NH.

                     

                        Britt Eckstrom Audet

                        Britt Eckstrom Audet, P.E. is a Project Engineer for CMA Engineers, Inc. a civil and environmental engineering firm with offices in Portsmouth, NH, Manchester, NH, and Kennebunk, ME. She has been involved with a range of projects that have given her experience in planning, site design, structural projects and environmental permitting for both private and municipal clients. She has a B.S. from the University of New Hampshire (2002) and M.S. for the University of California – Berkeley (structural engineering, 2003). She is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of New Hampshire.

                            Charlie Hebson

                            Charlie Hebson is Manager of the Surface Water Resources Division in the MaineDOT Environmental Office. He holds a Ph.D. in Hydrology/Water Resources (Civil Engineering) from Princeton University and an Sc.B. (Civil Engineering) from Brown University. His responsibilities include hydrology and hydraulics for transportation design, special projects with significant water-related environmental issues, and special emphasis on field evaluations and design for fish passage. Charlie also provides technical support to ongoing policy developments related to fish passage and stormwater as well as development of technical guidance materials for hydrology, hydraulics, and fish passage design. The Surface Water Resources Division includes 2 engineers, 2 hydrologists, 1 environmental specialist, and 2 field technicians. Prior to joining MaineDOT in 2001, Charlie worked in consulting and for the USDA-ARS and USGS.

                                Ellen Mecray

                                Ellen Mecray is NOAA’s Regional Climate Services Director for the Eastern Region, based in Taunton, MA. She joined NOAA in 2005 to serve as the lead for strategic planning for NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. In 2008, she moved to be regionally-based in New England in order to facilitate inter-and intra-agency dialog and collaboration on climate science. She is the lead for the New England Federal Partners climate working group, as well as the NOAA representative to multiple interagency efforts on climate in the eastern region. In addition, she leads a regional climate team internal to NOAA with members representing all of NOAA’s line offices and key regional partners. Prior to joining NOAA, Ellen served as an oceanographer with the US Geological Survey’s Coastal and Marine Geology program in Woods Hole, MA. Her research interests include geochemistry and coastal contaminants, and paleo-climatic reconstructions. She is published in a number of research journals including the Journal of Coastal Research, Environmental Geology, and Water, Air and Soil Pollution. Ellen holds a B.A. in Geology from Colgate University and a M.S. in Geological Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. She is a member of the Geological Society of America, the American Geophysical Union, the Geochemical Society, the American Meteorological Society, and the Sigma Xi Honor Society. Ellen lives in Woods Hole, MA, with her husband, daughter, and two golden retrievers all of whom love the ocean.

                                    Erin Bell

                                    Erin Bell is the Chair of and Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Bell received her B.C.E in Civil Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1996, and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Tufts University in 1998 and 2003, respectively. Her research interests are in Structural Health Monitoring, Bridge Condition Assessment, and Non-Contact Displacement Measurement.

                                        Mari Tye

                                        Mari Tye is a Project Scientist in the Capacity Center for Climate and Weather Extremes at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. She holds a PhD in Statistical Climatology (Newcastle University, UK), an MEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering with French (Nottingham University, UK) and is a Corporate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (PE Equivalent). Mari leads the Engineering for Climate Extremes Partnership, a collaboration between professionals and academics to build resilience to extreme weather and climate events. Her research focuses on translating the statistics of extreme weather into usable information for decision-makers. Prior to her PhD, Mari led a design team for minor infrastructure works, sustainable drainage and flood mitigation schemes.

                                            Matt Collins

                                            Matt Collins is a hydrologist and geomorphologist for the NOAA Restoration Center’s Northeast region. He manages a monitoring program that evaluates habitat restoration project outcomes. Matt also provides technical support for fish passage and wetland restoration projects throughout the Northeast United States and elsewhere, specializing in fluvial sediment dynamics and flood hydroclimatology. Recent work explores climatic changes in the flood regimes of Northeast U.S. rivers and associated implications for fisheries resources and restoration project design. He has M.S. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

                                                Meredith Brady

                                                Meredith Brady accepted the position of Administrator, Division of Planning at the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) in May 2016. Prior to the move into her current role, she served as Acting Policy Director and spent five years as Department Budget Administrator at RIDOT. A Rhode Island native, Ms. Brady has her Masters in Community Planning (MCP) from the University of Rhode Island and received her BA in Geography from the University of Connecticut, including a term spent study city and town planning in Carmarthen, Wales, UK. Prior to her years with RIDOT, Meredith worked for the Rhode Island Senate Fiscal Office and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in Boston; was licensed in commercial real estate in Massachusetts; has owned and operated a small business; was an elected Town Meeting Representative in Falmouth, MA; and was the Town Planner in Bourne, MA where she helped to establish the Bourne Financial Development Corporation and create a District of Critical Planning Concern (DCPC) in conjunction with the Cape Cod Commission. Ms. Brady has a long-standing interest in transportation and environmental issues and brings a unique perspective to her role.

                                                    Rajib Basu Mallick

                                                    Rajib Basu Mallick is currently the Ralph White Family Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts, USA. He is a graduate of Jadavpur University, India, 1989, did his Masters and Ph.D. from Auburn University, and worked as senior research associate at the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT). His main research interests are in the optimum utilization of natural resources and sustainable construction, specifically related to the pavement industry. His work focuses on recycling of asphalt pavements, understanding and modeling the behavior of recycled materials, harvesting energy from pavements, and understanding temperature profiles and reducing temperatures in pavement layers. Rajib has close to 100 publications, including a textbook, and also a US patent, and has conducted numerous research projects for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), state Departments of Transportations (DOT)s, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and Massachusetts Port Authority, and consulting work in the area of both highway and airport pavements. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Massachusetts.

                                                        Silvana V. Croope

                                                        Silvana V Croope received her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware. She also holds an M.S. in Geography and a B.A. in Business Administration. Silvana is currently employed with the Delaware DOT. Her work focuses on the integration of operations and planning, data interoperability and systematization, contracts procurement and bidding, ITS projects, research coordination with Universities, IT issues related to ITS risk and resilience, GIS projects and systems organization. Silvana is a member of the TRB Committees ABE20 on Transportation Economics and Critical Transportation Infrastructure Protection and has a role as the Co-Chair for the Transportation Research Board ABE40-2 Subcommittee on Risk and Resilience Assessment and Planning; the State of Delaware leader for the Delaware HAZUS User Group that discusses needs and uses of the HAZUS-MH standardized tool for loss estimation and damage assessment with FEMA. Silvana international activities include the ITS highway project that includes the development of an operational control center under the responsibility of the nuclear power plant called Eletronuclear.

                                                            Steven Miller

                                                            Steven Miller has worked for MassDOT for 22 years. Steve is the Project Manager for the MassDOT-FHWA Pilot Project: assessing climate change and extreme weather impacts and vulnerabilities for the Central Artery in Boston. He is also the Project Manager for assessing impacts to transportation assets on the Massachusetts coast. He assists with climate change related projects including: 1) the MassDOT pilot project in the Deerfield Watershed, exploring how transportation assets react to increase precipitation and changes in fluvial geomorphology, and 2) the MassDOT statewide climate change vulnerability project being led by the MassDOT Office of Transportation Planning.   Steve graduated from Northeastern University B.S. Geologist from Northeastern University.