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Faculty and Accreditation

In the Masters in Construction Management program, you’ll be engaged by faculty who are leading practitioners of the profession. New England Tech brings together top specialists from the public sector,  industry and academia.​

Construction Management Faculty

Dr. Henry Young, Ed.D Assistant Provost

Henry has been a Professor of Architectural Building Engineering Technology at NEIT since 1997. He brings a distinguished background in engineering to the classroom.

Practical Experience:

  • Senior Management Consultant for KPMG Peat Marwick
  • Project Engineer and Special Assistant to the Rhode Island State Director of Transportation
  • Officer in the Navy Reserve Civil Engineering Corps, where he was Project Manager for infrastructure rehabilitation and construction work on U.S. military installations

Education:

  • EdD, Northeastern University
  • MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Rhode Island
  • BS, Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • LEED Accredited Professional

Dr. Gabar Mustafa, PhD, Program Director

Gabar is an important member of the MSCM design team and will be assuming the responsibilities of Program Director in Fall of 2016. He is also a faculty member for the Architectural Building Engineering Technology Department. He has been teaching structural engineering and construction management courses at NEIT since 2006.

Practical Experience:

  • Awarded research fellowships at the Watson Institute at Brown University, Plan International, and at the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Civil engineer in Malaysia, Chicago, and Massachusetts
  • Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW), and the International Network for Engineering Studies (INES)

Education:

  • PhD, Civil Engineering, Brown University
  • MS, Civil Engineering, Northwestern University
  • BS, Civil Engineering, Calicut University

Dr. Tim Henry, PhD, PMP

Timothy Henry  began his IT career as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, and among his early tours, he was the Information Resources Manager (what is today a CIO) at the Coast Guard's training center in Yorktown, VA. This was during the early days of personal computers and that led to a tremendous number of challenges with the automation and networking of many management, financial and training activities.

Dr. Henry then switched over to education and taught mathematics and computer science courses at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy.  As his time there ended, he was offered a great opportunity to work with 'bleeding-edge' technology in a research and development environment. These projects involved cellular phones, GPS and touch screen technologies as components of larger integrated systems at a time when those technologies were just coming into the market place. He oversaw projects for law enforcement, first responders, healthcare, and education. For the next decade he continued to work as a project manager on large corporate- or state-wide information systems. During that time, he obtained his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

He then returned to a university setting where he has been teaching ethics, programming, cybersecurity and project management for over 15 years. He now serves as IT Graduate Director at the New England Institute of Technology. While at NEIT, Dr. Henry has developed and taught courses in a number of areas including software engineering, game development, operating systems, digital forensics and cybersecurity. In addition to co-authoring A Gift of Fire: Social, Legal and Ethical Issues for Computing Technology with Sara Baase, he has co-authored two data structure textbooks with Frank Carrano, Data Structures and Abstractions with Java and Data Abstractions and Problem Solving in C++: Walls & Mirrors which won the 2016 McGuffey Longevity Award from the Textbook and Academy Authors Association.

Ashley Phelps, MBA

As the lead in Gilbane’s Advanced Planning & Scheduling program, Ashley supports job sites through AP&S in design, preconstruction, and construction. This support encompasses facets of Lean from design phase pull plans to logistics planning and trade contractor buyout to execution of the Last Planner and more.

Practical Experience:

  • Currently Lean Practices Manager at Gilbane, focusing on improving planning and scheduling techniques
  • Decade of construction experience ranging from superintendent work to drafting
  • Leading member of the Construction Industry Lean Planning and Scheduling Group
  • Active member the AGC’s Connecticut Construction Leadership Council and Steering Committee

Education:

  • MBA, Nichols College
  • BS, New England Institute of Technology

Phil Marks, RA, MS

Phil has taught in the Architectural Building Engineering Technology Department at NEIT since 1993 and has served as chair of the department since 1996. Phil is also an architect with a successful career to draw upon in teaching his students.

Practical Experience:

  • Founded architectural firm 1986
  • Architect for Phillip Marks, Architect
  • Licensed architect in the states of Rhode Island and Connecticut

Education:

  • BS, Architectural Engineering, Southern Polytechnic State University
  • LEED Accredited Professional

Dr. Robin Muksian, PhD

Robin has a wide range of experience in both academia and public administration.  She was the Director of Administration for the City of Cranston, RI.  In 2011 she became the Chair of the Humanities/Social Sciences department and then an Assistant Provost at New England Institute of Technology.  In 2015, Robin became the Executive Director of the Providence Public Schools, and in 2016 the Director of Administration/Chief Operating Officer of the City of Providence.  Robin's teaching focus includes relationship and dispute management, leadership, and effective team management.

Education:

  • PhD, English, University of Rhode Island
  • MS, English, University of Rhode Island
  • BS, English, University of Rhode Island

Mike Hayes, MS

Mike has worked in the NEIT’s Architectural Building Engineering Technology Department first as a part-time lab assistant in 1989, then later as a faculty member in 1996. In 2003, he was named Associate Chair of the department.

Education:

  • MS, Construction Management, Drexel University
  • BA, Anthropology, University of Rhode Island
  • LEED Accredited Professional

David R Westcott, MS, AICP

Mike has worked in the NEIT’s Architectural Building Engineering Technology Department first as a part-time lab assistant in 1989, then later as a faculty member in 1996. In 2003, he was named Associate Chair of the department.

Dave is a certified Professional Planner and an environmental scientist.  He holds a Masters degree in Community Planning and a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Rhode Island. He is an instructor at NEIT and a consultant with Mason & Associates, in Scituate, RI. providing planning and environmental compliance services for public agencies, private sector developments and infrastructure projects throughout the northeast.

Dave taught Environmental Planning in the Masters Program at the University of Rhode Island for over 10 years before coming to NEIT.  He has practiced planning and environmental science locally and nationally for over 35 years.  He was the head of the Environmental Services department for Maguire Group Inc., a prominent New England engineering firm.  As a project manager, he has prepared comprehensive plans, environmental impact statements, wetland and coastal permit applications, development plans, site remediation plans, health and safety plans and provided management and oversight for a wide range of projects.

He is an OSHA trained hazardous waste site supervisor and is construction site health and safety trained. He has managed on-call environmental contracts for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior, General Services Administration, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and multiple state agencies and departments throughout the U.S.  

Accreditation

New England Tech is institutionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Accreditation by NEASC is recognized by the federal government and entitles New England Tech to participate in federal financial aid programs. 

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