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Phil Dunn — Coordinator of Construction Management Technology

B.S. Civil Engineering/University of Maine 1981
M.S. Civil Engineering (Enviromental Emphasis)/University of Maine 1984
M.S. Business/Husson College 1992
M.S. Public Administration/University 1995

Phil graduated from the University of Maine in 1981 with a BS in Civil Engineering. He began working as an Assistant Engineer with a small municipality in Maine. In the Fall of 1981, he went to work for a small consultant engineering firm doing site development and landfill design. Phil returned to the University in the Fall of 1983 and earned a Master’s in Engineering specializing in Environmental Engineering. He then entered the Maine Department of Transportation in the Fall of 1984. Beginning in the construction division, Phil was assigned to the inspection staff of the I-395 connector between Bangor and Brewer, Maine. His primary duties included earthwork and drainage inspection. He then became the resident engineer on a relocation project in Codyville, Maine. In 1987, Phil entered the Geotechnical Division eventually rising through the ranks to supervisor. He has been involved with several research projects and has implemented the uses of soil nailing, geosynthetics, and lightweight fills.

As he rose through the supervisory ranks, Phil earned a Master’s in Business from Husson College in 1992 and a Master’s of Public Administration from the University in 1995. He is currently in an Independent PhD program at the University with comps and a dissertation left in his program. He has also taken several geotechnical courses and keeps updated on many areas of Civil Engineering.

Phil Joined the CMT faculty in 2003 and became Coordinator of the program in 2011.

Phil is active with the American Society of Civil Engineers and served as State president in 1994, State 150th Champion, and is involved with the Awards and History committees. He is active on the National Cold Regions Committee and serves as a member of the Transportation Research Board Geosynthetics Committee. Phil is also involved in the community currently serving as the Chair of the Old Town Citizens’ Sewer Advisory Board and the Old Town Street Commissioners. He is active with the Good Samaritan Agency serving now as recording secretary. He also holds several positions with his Church and the Knights of Columbus.

Phil Dunn likes teaching and has taught courses in Highway Design, Business, and Physics throughout the past several years.

Phil is a:

  • Professional Engineer
  • Member of
    • American Society of Civil Engineers
    • Transportation Research Board Geosynthetics Committee
    • Old Town Citizens’ Sewer Advisory Board
    • Old Town Street Commissioners
    • Good Samaritan Agency
    • Knights of Columbus

Howard “Mac” Gray
B.S. Civil Engineering/University of Maine 1973
M.S. Civil Engineering (Structural Emphasis)/University of Maine 1975

Mac Gray earned both his Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in Civil Engineering at the University of Maine. After graduation in 1975, he joined Chicago Bridge and Iron Company, a construction company that specializes in heavy metal plate construction such as oil storage tanks, offshore drilling platforms and nuclear containment vessels. Mac spent one year as a field engineer on several construction projects in the eastern United States, two months in a fabrication shop, and six months in the regional engineering offices as a structural designer and draftsman.

After completing the training program, Mac went to work at the Corporate Headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois as a design engineer in the Special Structures Group and later, in the Stress Analysis Group. In this department, he performed both static and dynamic analysis of pressure vessels and components.

Although the work was challenging and interesting at CBI, the state of Illinois was a bit too flat for a native Maine canoeist and hiker! The opportunity to teach at his alma mater was too good an opportunity to pass up. In 1981, Mac accepted a temporary position as a Lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering, teaching courses in Statics, Materials Lab, Structural Steel Design, and Matrix Structural Analysis.

In 1983, Mac joined the School of Engineering Technology faculty. Several years later, he was instrumental in developing the B.S. degree program in Construction Management Technology, becoming Coordinator of the program in 1987. Structural Design is Mac’s favorite course to teach and he also teaches Building Construction, and Soil Mechanics and Foundations. Mac enjoys meeting with students and is advisor to second year students. In addition to teaching, several summers have been spent employed by local corporations and also doing consulting work for the UMaine Department of Industrial Cooperation. Mac also works part time in the Advanced Wood Composite Center.

Mac is:

  • a registered professional engineer
  • a member of American Society of Civil Engineers

Knud Hermansen
A.D. Wildlife Technology/Pennsylvania State University 1978
B.S. Civil Engineering/Pennsylvania State University 1980
M.S. Civil Engineering (Surveying & Mapping Emphasis)/University of Wisconsin 1981
Ph.D. Civil Engineering/Pennsylvania State University 1986
J.D. Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence/West Virginia University 1989

Knud E. Hermansen began his surveying career in the United States Marine Corp. over 30 years ago. After completion of basic training, Knud was sent to surveying school and spent the next three years with the 2nd Topographic Platoon, 8th Engineer Battalion performing control surveys throughout the world. After his release from active duty as a sergeant, Knud worked for various consulting firms providing a wide range of services involving boundary surveys, site development, and engineering. During the last several years, Knud has provided consulting services in land surveying, civil engineering, and law. Much of Knud’s present consulting activities involve boundary disputes, easements, land development, liability, title, and contract issues.

In addition to consulting work, Knud has over 20 years in the military reserves rising through the ranks from sergeant to major. Much of his military time was spent with engineer and construction units within the United States Army Corp of Engineers.

Knud is a/an:

  • Professional engineer
  • Professional land surveyor
  • Attorney at law
  • Member of the
    • American Society of Engineering Educators
    • Reserve Officers Association
    • American Society of Civil Engineers
    • American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (Fellow)
    • National Society of Professional Surveyors
    • National Lawyers Association
    • Maine State Bar Association
    • Maine Society of Land Surveyors
    • several other state bar and surveying societies.

His college education includes:

  • Associate degree in Wildlife Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering (surveying and photogrammetry emphasis)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering
  • Juris Doctorate.

He taught at Penn State University for four years before teaching at the University of Maine.

Knud currently teaches three to four courses a semester — from basic surveying to construction law. He is the first-year and senior class advisor for CMT students. He teaches in the Surveying Engineering Technology program and the Construction Management Technology program.

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Will Manion

Will Manion

B.S. Engineering; Wood Products, Construction and Management, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, in association with Syracuse University, 1989
M.S. Civil Engineering; Geotechnical, University of Maine, 1992

After finishing his M.S. in Civil Engineering at the University of Maine in 1992, Will was hired in the same department to manage laboratories and help with funded research. Some teaching of undergraduate soils and materials labs led to an official position change in 2000 with even more emphasis on teaching, including courses in graphics and project management. Along the way he has had a number of other experiences, including structural and geotechnical instrumentation, computer consulting, carpentry, charter boat captaining and construction management.

During a one-year sabbatical from the University of Maine in 2006-2007, Will worked in Sargent Corporation’s regional office, then in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Sargent is a heavy earthwork contractor based in Stillwater, Maine. Duties included cost estimating, attending pre-bid meetings, delivering bids, subcontractor solicitation, procurement, safety audits and field management work all around the region from southern Pennsylvania to North Carolina, eastern Maryland to western Virginia.

From 2005 to 2007, he was involved as an owner and developer of an 11-acre infill suburban six-lot subdivision with a new road and underground utilities. Besides the actual construction, significant permit application and negotiation work with town, state and federal agencies was required.

For summer seasons 2011 and 2012 Will again worked as a project manager for Sargent Corporation. His primary job was to support and improve production and planning activities for field operations. In practice, this involved visiting projects, such as wind power, commercial site development, landfills, airports, underground utilities, box culverts and roadways, and working with the superintendents and foremen.

Even though Will, as an Instructor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, had been a cooperating Instructor in CMT for over a decade, he officially joined the CMT faculty full-time in fall 2013.

Now he is focused on building construction education, particularly sustainability, building information modeling (BIM), plan reading and management of construction. He enjoys building projects and working with students, and has instituted several curriculum changes, including the addition of a BIM course, more plan reading and a new system of service projects for CET 458: Management of Construction, the senior capstone course.

For the first time in spring 2014, senior students found, developed and executed construction-oriented service projects. Each team developed a detailed written work proposal to their project owners, presented and actually executed the work, practicing a complete set of construction management skills. The students were the primary point of contact with the owners, coordinating material orders, equipment, labor, schedules, productivity and quality. The overall goals of this new class exercise are to give students experience managing their own real projects and to demonstrate for the University and the project owners how to perform construction-based service projects safely and professionally. It’s also an opportunity for graduating students to transition from academics to industry, showing what they have learned and how to implement it.

Will is a:

  • Professional Engineer
  • Coast Guard licensed US Merchant Marine officer
  • Registered Maine Guide
  • Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, having served for many years as Faculty Advisor to the UMaine Student Chapter and now on the National Committee for Student Members (CSM)
  • Member of the American Society of Engineering Education, presenting papers and attending Annual Conferences
  • Regular attendee at the Associated Schools of Construction conferences

Retired CMT Faculty

The Construction Management Technology program owes its reputation to the faculty who have previously taught in the program. The following faculty have taught in the Construction Management Technology program before retiring:

George Hayes (1983-1993)

George Hayes graduated with a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine in 1952. For over 25 years he worked with various contractors, engineers, and architecture firms. He retired as a associate partner and branch manager of a large architecture/engineering firm in 1983. He joined the Construction Management Technology faculty in 1983. He retired from the University of Maine as a full professor in 1993. George is a professional engineer and registered architect. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects.

George spends his winters in North Carolina and the remainder of the year in Maine. He is an avid golfer and fly-fisherman.

Charles “Chuck” Gould (1989-2002)

Charles “Chuck” Gould has had a 25 year career in the construction industry. He started his career in 1957 in the Civil Engineer Corps (Seabees) of the U.S. Navy. He has had a variety of positions where he has been in charge of engineering, estimating, or administration. Chuck holds a Bachelors of Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1957) and a Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan (1979). Chuck joined the faculty of the Construction Management Technology program in 1989. He retired as a full-professor in 2002. He is a registered professional engineer and a member of the Associated Constructors of Maine (ACM) and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Chuck spends his winters traveling. His summers are spent at their camp on Green Lake fishing and enjoying visits by family and friends.

John J. McDonough, P.E.
BSCE Northeastern University 1968
M.S. (Structures) University of Cincinnati 1970
ABD, (Structures) University of Cincinnati 1974

John J. McDonough’s career began as a Co-Op student while attending Northeastern University where he worked for a consulting structural engineer and progressed through the ranks from draftsman to structural project engineer. After graduating from Northeastern University with a B.S.C.E., he attended graduate school at the University of Cincinnati, where he earned a M.S., with an emphasis in structural engineering. While attending graduate school, he taught full time and consulted on the side. During this time he took a two year leave to teach Civil Engineering in Afghanistan.

When he returned from Afghanistan, he took all the course work necessary to complete the Ph.D. at Cincinnati, and decided that University life was not for him. He then moved to Madison, Wisconsin to work as a structural project engineer for an architectural firm, where he designed and oversaw the construction of various concrete and steel structures.

The call of the east came, along with a teaching opening at the University of Maine, so in 1976 he packed his family and moved to Maine to teach in the General Engineering program. After two years, he took a leave to teach math and computer programming in Algeria. One year of that was enough, as he returned to UM to the Civil Engineering Technology program as program coordinator.

He is a:

  • Professional engineer
  • Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
Construction Management Technology
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Orono, ME 04469-5711
Phone: 207-581-2340
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469