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
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.
- 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
- EdD, Northeastern University
- MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Rhode Island
- BS, Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech
- LEED Accredited Professional
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
Ashley Phelps is the Senior Manager of Strategic Sourcing within Gilbane’s Corporate Supply Chain Management department. With the use of Lean strategies and tactics, her focus is ensuring project teams have the capacity and capability to streamline the procurement process and enhance relationships with key business partners. Prior to her role in Supply Chain, Ashley led Gilbane’s Advanced Planning and Scheduling department. With a background in scheduling, she coached teams on Lean planning and scheduling techniques with an emphasis on continuous improvement. At New England Tech, she teaches Construction Delivery Methods and Lean for Construction.
In over a decade of construction experience ranging from superintendent work to drafting, Ashley thrives on the complexities of building construction and building relationships with trade workers, owners, and architects.
- Currently Senior Manager of Strategic Sourcing at Gilbane
- Incoming chair of AGC’s National Lean Steering Committee
- Past chair of AGC’s National Construction Leadership Council Steering Committee
- Active member of AGC of America’s Board of Governors
- Board member for AGC's Education and Research Foundation
- 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.
- Founded architectural firm 1986
- Architect for Phillip Marks, Architect
- Licensed architect in the states of Rhode Island and Connecticut
- BS, Architectural Engineering, Southern Polytechnic State University
- LEED Accredited Professional
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.
- 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.
- MS, Construction Management, Drexel University
- BA, Anthropology, University of Rhode Island
- LEED Accredited Professional
David R Westcott, MS, AICP
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.
Christine Stevens, Ed.D., Professor
Christine Stevens began her career in sales/account management at NCR Corporation, where she led teams of systems and field engineers in designing computer system solutions for diverse clients. After earning her MBA, she joined GE Total Lighting Control as a marketing manager, spearheading marketing communications and facilitating the team developing new lighting control products for commercial buildings. Later, she transitioned to education where she is actively involved in implementing best practices for teaching at the university level. Her doctoral research in Educational Leadership focused on effective hybrid programs and online learning.
As Department Chair for Business Management at New England Institute of Technology, Christine develops and teaches courses including marketing, project management, human resource management, leadership, ethical decision making, strategic management, and computer applications including Excel and Project.
- EdD Johnson & Wales University
- MBA University of Rhode Island
- BS Marketing & BS French, Pennsylvania State University
- International studies at Institut Universitaire de Technologie, Nice, France
NEIT is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.). Accreditation by NECHE is recognized by the federal government and entitles NEIT to participate in federal financial aid programs.