Jessica Louisos, P.E. (Chairperson of the Board)
Project Engineer, Water Resources at Milone & MacBroom, Inc., Waterbury, VT
Jessica has BS (2004) and MS (2006) degrees from UVM CEE. She works on a large variety of water resource projects. Typical project goals involve river and/or water management to restore rivers or floodplains, increase aquatic organism passage, reduce flood and erosion risks, improve stormwater management, and protect or replace infrastructure. To accomplish these projects, Jessica has developed technical skills and proficiencies with a variety of hydraulic modeling, hydrologic modeling, and mapping software. She currently serves as the Past-President of the Vermont Section of ASCE and serves as a Delegate representing Vermont at the Regional level and on the Vermont Engineers Week planning committee. She is a member of the technical society the American Society of Ecological Engineering. Jessica serves her community as Chair of the South Burlington Planning Commission. She received the Vermont Young Engineer of the Year Award in 2013.
Jennie Auster, P.E.
Vermont Wastewater Group Leader, Wright-Pierce, PC Portsmouth, NH
Jennie has a B.S.E from the University of Michigan in Civil and Environmental Engineering (1996). With over 20 years of engineering consulting experience, Jennie’s career has focused on municipal wastewater treatment with projects in Louisiana, Texas, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, New York, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont. She has worked with over 40 wastewater treatment facilities in the past 14 years working in New England. She is a Director on the Green Mountain Water Environment Association Board and the Vermont State Director for NEWEA starting in 2024.
Vice President, Director of Transportation DuBois & King, Inc., Bedford, NH
Darren is a transportation manager with over 25 years of experience working on a broad range of civil engineering projects. Over the course of his career, he has managed highway, bridge, and aviation design groups. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering (1993) and a Master’s in Public Administration (1997), both from the University of New Hampshire. He is a registered professional engineer in all six New England states. He served for nearly a decade as the Government Relations Chairman of ASCE-NH until 2016. He is a past board member of ACEC-VT, head judge of the Northeast Regional Concrete Canoe Competition for five years, a member of the UVM School of Engineering Steering Committee, and was the chairman of the 2011 New Hampshire Infrastructure Report Card update committee. He is also a past member of the ASCE National State Government Relations Committee and in 2015 was named the ASCE National Civil Engineering Advocate of the Year. He also currently serves on the board of directors for FM-LP WNHN radio station.
Robert Calderon, S.E.
Robert currently works at Severud Associates, a top-tier structural engineering firm in NYC. After completing his BS from UVM, Robert got his MS from Columbia University. Robert is a licensed Structural Engineer (SE) in the state of New York and Nevada and has worked on an array of structures including mid-rise office and residential buildings, medical research facilities, and art museums. Robert has also been a member of SEAONY’s young member group that focuses on engaging and helping students at the collegiate level become young professionals in structural engineering.
Ann Costandi, PE
Water Quality Director, Town of Essex
Annie graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Vermont in Environmental Engineering. She is currently the Water Quality Director for the Town of Essex where she manages the water, sanitary sewer, and stormwater operations for the Public Works Department. She co-chairs the Clean Water Advisory Committee (CWAC) which relates to activities and policy development around the Lake Champlain Phosphorus Total Maximum Daily Load Plan and the MS4 Sub-committee of the CWAC which focuses on the implementation of the Chittenden County regional stormwater education program, Rethink Runoff. She is currently a member of the Winooski Basin Water Quality Council and the Green Mountain Water Environmental Association’s (GMWEA) Public Relations Committee. She has been awarded GMWEA’s Stormwater Award in 2018 and the Bob Wood Young Professionals Award in 2021.
Carolyn Cota, P.E.
Senior Structures Project Manager, Vermont Agency of Transportation: Highway Division/ Project Delivery Bureau/ Structures Section, Montpelier, VT
Carolyn has worked at VTrans since she graduated from UVM CEE (1985). She also has a Master’s in Business Administration from UVM (1992). Carolyn routinely manages about 20 projects and a staff of 15 engineers and technicians. She has designed and managed over 100 new and rehabilitated bridge projects throughout Vermont. Carolyn has been a member of the Vermont Section of ASCE since 1985 where she served as a board member, including president of the board in 1996. She has been a member of the Vermont Society of Engineers since 1985 and has served on the board of directors for the past 13 years where she advanced through the ranks to board president during 2010 to 2011. She currently serves as the board’s treasurer. She actively participates in outreach including planning for Engineers Week in Vermont, judging for MathCounts, and mentoring young engineers both at work and at elementary schools, high schools, and colleges in Vermont. Carolyn was named Vermont Engineer of the Year in 2014.
Chandler S. Engel, PE
Research Civil Engineer, US Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), Hanover, NH.
Chandler has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont, and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Chandler started his professional career with the State of Alaska, as a Construction Engineer with the Department of Transportation and then as a Dam Safety Engineer for the Department of Natural Resources. After returning home to Vermont in 2013 he was a Project Manager for DuBois and King. Chandler is currently a senior Research Engineer at CRREL. His group's applied research is focused on developing methods and operational changes to reduce the detrimental impacts of ice, snow, and cold on hydraulic infrastructure such as navigation locks and nuclear power plant cooling water intakes, and other critical infrastructure in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions. He is a volunteer reviewer for the ASCE Journal of Cold Regions Engineering and active contributor to the PIANC working group updating international guidance on the design of navigation locks. He has mentored many young engineers and students on developmental assignments through several Army internship programs, and has developed course material for the Army’s Gains in Education of Math and Science (GEMS) camp for 7th and 8th graders. He was the 2023 recipient of the CRREL W. Keith Boyd Engineer Award for innovative work on ice control air systems on the Saint Lawrence Seaway in Canada. He has also served on the Randolph, VT Conservation Commission since 2016. Chandler is a licensed professional engineer in Alaska and Vermont.
Jennifer M. V. Fitch, P.E.
Jennifer M. V. Fitch, P.E., is Commissioner of Buildings and General Services (BGS) at the State of Vermont. She has been with BGS since 2017. Jennifer began her career with the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) in the fall of 2004, serving as the Research Program Manager for the Materials and Research Section until the fall of 2011 when she became a project manager in the newly established Accelerated Bridge Program (ABP) within the Structure Section. Jennifer was promoted to lead the Project Initiation and Innovation Team (PIIT) in 2014. Prior to her work with VTrans, Jennifer was an environmental engineer for the Johnson Company providing construction oversight for a superfund site.
Jennifer has dedicated her career to continuous improvement, process efficiency, program alignment to strategic goals, heightened coordination and collaboration, and quality customer service. She graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont in 2002. Jennifer received Vermont’s Young Engineer of the Year Award in 2014 and the VTrans Secretary’s Innovation Award in 2015. She is a licensed professional engineer, Lean green belt, and serves on the board of the Vermont Society of Engineers
John D. Forcier, P.E.
President, Forcier Consulting
John has a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from UVM (1972). His unique experience includes 19 years in the construction industry and 25 years in consulting engineering, through planning, design, permitting and construction of small multi-million dollar municipal and private renewable energy, biogas, anaerobic digester, wastewater, and composting projects throughout the eastern United States. His related anaerobic digester/biogas experience includes farm-based, commercial, industrial, municipal, and wastewater treatment facility systems utilizing biosolids, manures, food waste, glycerin, SSO, DAF, and FOG. He was honored as the Vermont Engineer of the Year in 2000 and was inducted into Tau Beta Pi as an Eminent Engineer in 1999.
Luce Hillman, P.E.
Executive Director of Facilities Management at UVM
Luce obtained her BS in Civil Engineering and Masters in Public Administration from UVM. After 20 years of consulting and project management in the private sector, Luce began her UVM career in 2002 as a Project Engineer within the Physical Plant Department and developed and implemented the first-ever comprehensive Deferred Maintenance program for the campus. In 2009 she took on the additional role of Zone Maintenance Manager for the Medplex area. In 2011, she became the Assistant Director for Projects and Engineering, a role she held until taking on her new role. In her present role, she oversees Custodial Services, Physical Plant, Office of Sustainability, University Engineer Unit, Planning Design and Construction, and Transportation and Parking Services. She oversaw the development of a Facilities Sustainability Plan in 2021 which aligns with the recent Comprehensive Sustainability Plan. Luce is a Professional Engineer and was previously a LEED AP Building Design and Construction and Certified Educational Facilities Professional. She is presently on her second term as a Select Board member of the Town of Shelburne.
Steven Keach, P.E.
Owner, Keach-Nordstrom Associates, Inc., Bedford, New Hampshire
Steven has a diversified background with over 25 years of experience in civil/site design, land use planning, transportation systems, and associated local, state, and federal project permitting. His background includes experience as a member of the Merrimack, New Hampshire Planning Board and as the Town Engineer for several communities in New Hampshire. He has routinely served as lead engineer for dozens of civil/site engineering projects. He specializes in offering municipal services and has assisted various communities in the preparation of their master plans, capital improvement programs, and engineering design assignments for a wide variety of municipal projects. Steve is a proud graduate of UVM CEE (1984).
Senior Job Cost Engineer, PC Construction, South Burlington, VT
Kaitlyn received her B.S. in Civil Engineering with an Environmental Concentration from UVM in 2012. Since graduation, she has worked for Vermont-based PC Construction. Throughout her career, she has worked on a range of projects from large wastewater treatment plants and food manufacturing to underground utilities and university laboratory buildings. Her project management focus brought her to projects in Maryland, Virginia, Vermont, and New Hampshire, where she most recently managed the construction of the Firestone Medical Research Building for UVM’s Larner College of Medicine. Her current role as Senior Job Cost Engineer supports the company’s operations team by providing training, guidance, and analysis related to cost control. She also leads the company’s internal Leadership Development Program. Kaitlyn also received a M.S. in Engineering Management from Clarkson University in 2016. She is an advocate for women in the construction industry and is involved with multiple company initiatives focused on building Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She is also a board member for the Vermont affiliate of Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership.
Owner, Engineers Construction, Inc., Williston, VT
Ken is a graduate of UVM CEE. He is currently the president of Engineers Construction, Inc. of Williston Vermont, a second-generation family-owned heavy civil contractor. Aside from his executive duties, Ken’s leadership is focused on his vision of the future, his role as the led technical specialist, and maintaining a corporate culture of quality, safety, and integrity. Ken’s company is frequently involved in various construction projects on the UVM campus.
Sienna Roberge, P.E.
Project Engineer, Haley Ward, Inc., Bangor, ME
Sienna received both her B.S. Environmental Engineering degree and M.S. degree from UVM CEE. She has approximately four years of professional experience working on a variety of municipal utility infrastructure projects, and she is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Maine. Sienna works on water treatment and distribution design, sewer collection and disposal design, and utility asset management. She is especially proficient in the design of treatment systems to remove per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from her clients’ potable water supplies.
Khar Suozzo, P.E.
Khar worked extensively in Vermont with utility systems and VTrans upon graduating from UVM CEE in 2009. In 2019, she received her MBA from Champlain College to expand her management skills and capabilities to supplement her technical experience. Khar currently works in New York with experience in both public and private projects. She is the current Director of Development at KSPE Engineering, leading business development, client relations, and staff recruitment. In addition to management, Khar also leads engineering projects primarily focused on stormwater and construction administration/inspection projects. She has been the lead on several unique stormwater projects requiring US EPA reviews, and construction administration on over $20M construction projects to improve water and wastewater infrastructure through federal and state grants. Khar holds PE licensure in Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York.