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Mullan to Deliver Boyer Lecture

Jeffrey B. Mullan, secretary and CEO of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), will be the speaker at the first annual William W. Boyer Lecture at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29, at the University of Massachusetts Club, 225 Franklin Street, 33rd floor, in Boston. The cost is $10 per person and space is limited. The evening will end with a social hour at 6:30 p.m., including refreshments and networking. The event is open to the media.

Secretary Mullan’s presentation will focus on “Transportation Issues and Challenges Facing the Commonwealth in the 21st Century.” Mr. Mullan will also talk about the role civil engineers and other professionals play in addressing these issues and challenges.

The Boyer Lecture was created in honor of Professor William W. Boyer, who was instrumental in the early development of the UMass Transportation Engineering Program in the 1950s and 1960s. Many students who studied under Dr. Boyer’s supervision have gone on to become very successful practicing transportation engineers, entrepreneurs, and scholars. Professor Boyer can be credited with integrating computer applications into the transportation undergraduate and graduate curricula and with creating an award-winning student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

In his role as secretary and CEO of MassDOT, Mullan is responsible for day-to-day management of the new transportation organization that includes four divisions – Highway, Transit, Aeronautics, and RMV – and a Department of Planning and Programming, charged with policy development and planning for the state’s network of roads, bridges, tunnels, and airports.

MassDOT was launched in November of 2009. As its CEO, Mullan oversees implementation of the most historic transportation reform law in decades. He leads a new, unified organization that operates as one transportation agency with one mission: “to provide a safe, reliable, and efficient transportation network for citizens of the Commonwealth.”

Mullan, who has served in leadership positions at Massachusetts transportation agencies and authorities since 2007, was a key architect of the reform plan designed to modernize the state’s transportation network and begin re-investing in infrastructure across the Commonwealth. Before taking over MassDOT, Mullan was the executive director of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority. He also led an inter-agency Highway Integration Team responsible for creating the MassDOT Highway Division.

Prior to 2007, Mullan worked for 14 years at Foley Hoag LLP, where he was a partner and the co-chair of the firm's administrative law practice. While at that firm, he represented many public sector clients on redevelopment and transportation projects. He also represented the Commonwealth in the creation of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in 2004. Before joining Foley Hoag, Mullan worked at the Massachusetts Highway Department. 

A Worcester native, Mullan is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and earned a J.D. from the Suffolk University School of Law. (September 2010)