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October 19, 2017
President Being Inducted into National Academy of Construction
The National Academy of Construction (NAC) has chosen Wentworth President Zorica Pantić as a member of its 2017 class of inductees. An academy spokesman said Pantić will be inducted October 26 at the NAC annual meeting in Washington, D.C., along with 27 other leaders who underwent a “rigorous” nomination and election process.
The academy considered more than 300 individuals for induction this year.
NAC cited Pantić as an exceptional leader and academic entrepreneur, a champion of diversity, and a technology advocate with a record of innovation and change management in higher education.
“The new members of the National Academy of Construction, like those before them, have earned the high honor of academy membership through stellar careers and contributions to the engineering and construction industry,” said NAC General Secretary Wayne Crew.
The academy also elected Edward A. Bond Jr., a Wentworth trustee emeritus and key Institute philanthropist who is chairman and CEO of BOND Inc.—described as the northeast’s premier building, civil, utility, and energy construction firm. The company most recently funded the new BOND Virtual Design and Construction Lab, which was unveiled on Wentworth’s campus on October 13.
Bond was cited by the academy as a consummate and talented management professional, and recognized leader in the built environment.
He was president of New England Utility Constructors for five years and began at BOND in 1983, becoming the fourth-generation member of the 110-year-old family firm.
The National Academy of Construction, established in 1999, is an organization of industry leaders―construction users, engineers, designers, constructors, consultants, attorneys, sureties, and academics―who have made outstanding contributions to the design and engineering industry.
Engineering Group Honoring President Pantić
And speaking of honors, President Pantić is also being feted on November 13 for her leadership in engineering education at the Annual Engineering Center Education Trust Leadership Dinner in Boston.
According to organizers, the event recognizes prominent regional or national leaders who are dedicated to advancing the engineering and surveying professions, as well as the public good. This event also raises funds to support The Engineering Center Education Trust.
Other TECET honorees this year are: Judith Nitsch, the founder of Nitsch Engineering, for leadership as an entrepreneur, mentor and advocate, and U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas for leadership in infrastructure advocacy.
The trust’s mission is to increase public awareness of the value of the engineering and surveying professions, support science, technology, engineering, and math initiatives in public schools, provide current information affecting the professions, and provide a forum for discussion and resolution of professional issues.
President in Iceland
President Pantić traveled to Iceland in October as one of 65 participants in the “Gender Equality—Towards He for She & She for He” summit organized by the Women Economic Forum (WEF).
The gathering at the University of Iceland (October 19-20) included some 200 entrepreneurs, academics, and government agency representatives from the United States, Europe, the Nordic and Baltic regions, Asia, Africa, and the Mediterranean.
Frú Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, the former president of Iceland, kicked off the meeting. Session topics included: A Sustainable World: Reducing Gender Based Violence Holds The Key; Women’s Access to Finance Across Countries: Pitfalls & Paths; Women on Executive Boards & as CEOs: What do The Trends Indicate; Gender Fulfillment & Partnership, Stereotypes, Mindsets & Silent Oppressors, Exploring & Addressing Diverse Inequalities; and Us & Them: Reducing the Distances in Our Hearts & Minds.
President Pantić was scheduled to speak on October 20 on "Closing the Gender Gap: Entrepreneurship as Leveling Field."
According to the summit’s website, “WEF is a place for ordinary women to seek to rise to extraordinary heights. A place for dreamers and achievers to learn and explore. A place for living life to its fullest while embracing personal growth. A place to love and care and contribute to societal upliftment.”
Professor Hasso Inducted into CMAA College of Fellows
Speaking of honors, Professor Mark Hasso of the Myles and Eugenia Department of Construction Management has been inducted into the Construction Management Association of America’s College of Fellows—that group’s highest designation for industry leaders who have made “significant contributions to their profession, the industry, and the Association.”
Hasso joined other new Fellows at the October 10 CMAA awards dinner in Washington, D.C.
“I hope that this recognition will inspire you to continue your great work on behalf of the industry, CM students, and the professional practice of construction management,” said CMAA President and CEO Bruce D’Agostino.
Wentworth President Zorica Pantić congratulated Hasso, calling the association’s recognition for him, “well-deserved.”
“It was a distinct pleasure and honor to be part of this elite group of professionals who have had an impact on the construction industry and to represent Wentworth,” Hasso said.
In 2011, the CMAA honored Hasso with its first Educator of the Year Award.
Hasso is a founding member CMAA’s New England chapter, which has provided scholarships to Wentworth students, and serves on the association’s board of directors.
CMAA’s mission is to encourage and develop guidance, professionalism, and distinction in spearheading the progress and production of projects and programs.
Tech Summit: State Officials Review Electronic Tolling, Use of Drones, Climate Change
Representatives of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (Mass DOT) and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) met at Wentworth October 19 for a presentation on current issues in the Commonwealth, including transportation policy and academic collaboration; the challenges and successes of all-electronic tolling; use and potential applications of drones; and climate change models—MWRA’s strategic planning for the future.
Organized and moderated by Ilyas Bhatti, the Douglas Elder Professor in the Myles and Eugenia Department of Construction Management, the session included Andrea D’Amato, assistant secretary, Mass DOT; Jonathan Gulliver, highway administrator, Mass DOT; Jeff DeCarlo administrator, Mass DOT Aeronautics Division; and Fred Laskey, executive director, MWRA.
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- February 20, 2018—Zorica Pantić, Ph.D., the first woman to lead Wentworth Institute of Technology, has announced that she will retire next year after a highly productive era marked by historic transformations of the school’s campus and curriculum. Full Story
- February 15, 2018—President Zorica Pantić paid a special visit to a group of Rhode Island high school students February 14 to congratulate them on creating a prosthesis for a nine-year-old boy who was born without the lower part of his left arm. Full Story
- January 30, 2018—Wentworth Institute of Technology has hired Linda Shinomoto to serve as the university’s vice president for human resources. Full Story