Wentworth Kicking off Region’s 2018 Commencement Season; Massachusetts Port Authority Executive to Address Graduates

April 19, 2018

Wentworth Kicking off Region’s 2018 Commencement Season April 21. File photo.

Wentworth Kicking off Region’s 2018 Commencement Season

BOSTON -- Once again, Wentworth Institute of Technology will signal the start of the region’s university graduation season with its spring 2018 commencement on Saturday, April 21.

Houssam Sleiman, director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs at the Massachusetts Port Authority-Logan International Airport, will deliver the keynote address and receive an honorary doctor of engineering degree at the event, which begins at 2:00 p.m. at Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Wentworth alumnus Faisal Al Shawaf will also receive an honorary doctor of engineering degree for his outstanding professional career, leadership, and support of the Institute. Al Shawaf is the president of Saudconsult, the oldest and largest engineering and architectural firm in Saudi Arabia. He earned an associate’s degree in architectural engineering technology from the university in 1994 and a bachelor’s degree in building construction technology in 1995.

Sleiman, who has more than 35 years of experience in the design and construction industry, joined Massport in October 1993, and has held several positions there. As head of capital programs, he directs the overall management of the agency’s capital investment program, safety program, utilities management, in-house project design, and environmental permitting and management.

A licensed, registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and certified construction manager, Sleiman is a member of the American Association of Airport Executives, the Airports Council International-North America, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Construction Management Association of America, and of the local chapters of BSCE and CMAA-NE.

He is a former chair of the CMAA national board, and a member of Northeastern University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Industrial Advisory Board.

Sleiman was inducted to the CMAA’s College of Fellows in 2017, and the National Academy of Construction in 2016. He was named one of Engineering News Record’s (ENR) “Top 25 Newsmakers of 2009,” and was awarded “Person of the Year for 2009” by the New England Chapter of CMAA.

Sleiman holds both a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree of science in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University.

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