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Alumnus Speaks at Chi Epsilon Lecture

Alumnus Richard J. Bedard (B.S.C.E. 1973), a senior vice president at CH2M HILL, will give the 2010 Professional Practice Lecture, presented by Chi Epsilon and the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department on April 29 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the ELab II Auditorium. His lecture will cover, “Almost Everything Your Professors and Mother Didn't Tell You About Civil and Environmental Engineering Careers.” Chi Epsilon is the National Civil Engineering Honor Society.

The lecture will explore a career's worth of “life lessons,” including: how to get, keep, and succeed at a job; steps to success; how to differentiate yourself from the pack; what career path options are available; what important lessons and rules to live by in all facets of life; what the next decades bring us as challenges; and how to fit your personal and family life into your professional life.

Bedard is a 40-year veteran of the consulting engineering profession and has practiced around the world. A native of Athol, Massachusetts, Mr. Bedard is a product of the public university system with degrees from Mount Wachusett Community College and UMass Amherst. His experience consists of all facets of consulting: technology, project and program management, general management, and business development. (April 2010)