For BCT (and BMATWT) Alumni

Welcome back to the BCT website! Now that you are enjoying your professional life, stay in touch with former classmates, and grow your professional network using the various alumni lists and groups that we are maintaining. You are also very much invited to attend any of the public and alumni-only events that our program organizes every year.  Examples are:

  • Red Sox games
  • After-work and after-conference get-togethers (e.g. at ABX and NESEA BuildingEnergy)
  • BCT Job Fair get-togethers
  • And more…

We regularly post alumni news as well as undergraduate and graduate alumni profiles on this site and our social media networks. Contact us if you would also like to be featured.

Upcoming Alumni Events

BCT Lecture: Affordable High Performance Construction and the COVID Era @ Olver Design Building, Rm 170 or via Zoom
Feb 7 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Seth Lawrence-Slavas, President and Principal at Wright Builders Inc. will present this lecture.

The COVID era is with us to stay.  As material prices soar, labor availability plummets and shipping delays cause mass chaos in the building world, there remains the need to provide affordable, safe, energy efficient housing for the majority of the population.  We explore the real life world of project development, estimating, and physical construction in a sphere of affordability and how to manage the unexpected and expected consequences of the virus. This lecture brings tangible examples of success along with failure for an honest look at what it means to be building for the future.

BCT Lecture: Acoustics and Vibration in Mass Timber @ Olver Design Building, Rm 170 or via Zoom
Feb 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Rose Mary Su, the Principal Consultant at ACENTECH will present on the role of acoustics in mass timber buildings.

Acoustics is the key to success for many buildings and building spaces. Most of us have dined in a noisy restaurant unable to hear our friend sitting across the table or tried to study in a library full of distracting noises. Workplaces today tend to be open and collaborative, but the noise level may inhibit productivity. Learn how acoustically comfortable space is achieved in the face of multiple obstacles.

BCT Lecture: Resilient Design: The New Paradigm in an Age of Climate Change @ Olver Design Building, Rm 170 or via Zoom
Mar 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Alex Wilson, President of Resilient Design Institute, will address climate change impacts and how those will be influencing building design over the coming years. Examples of resilient design strategies will be presented as responses to flooding, wind, extreme temperatures, drought, wildfire, and the cascading impact of power outages.

Subscribe to these events!

Stay In Touch!

You can network with other BCT alumni and receive our program news and updates using any of the following links. Our tip: Add yourself at least to the alumni email list and the Facebook group.

 BCT’s (alumni) email list (for news and events). Register with a non-UMass, non-work email (e.g. a personal Gmail address) and select at least “Alumni News” as interest.

 Job email list (for job offers). You can keep receiving our forwarded job offers with this list.

 Facebook BCT Alumni Group (for discussions, events, and photos).

 Facebook Page (for news, photos, and public discussions).

 LinkedIn BCT Alumni Group (for discussions and jobs). This connects your LinkedIn profile to us.

Bob Hastings

At UMass, you can reach out directly to any BCT faculty or the program director via our contact form or phone and direct email.

You can also contact one of our BCT Alumni Community Managers. These amazing folks are active in our alumni community and are organizing the above-mentioned get-togethers, provide career advice, and the like:

  • Zach Kushner (currently working at Gilbane Building Company, Springfield, MA). Contact: LinkedIn
  • Bob Hastings (currently working at Home Remodeling Pros, Annapolis, MD). Contact: LinkedIn

Support the BCT Alumni Scholarship!

Give back to BCT and support our current students by donating to the newly-established BCT Alumni Scholarship Fund. We will use half of the donations for direct scholarships and will accumulate the rest until this fund can be endowed (which makes it a permanent source of scholarship funding). You can give to this fund online right here:

For Graduating BCT Students

UMass Alumni AssociationAs you all know, a good professional network is crucial to success in the “real world”. It can provide you with advice and feedback, job opportunities, and support for when professional life throws a curve ball at you. Having studied in BCT, you have already built up personal connections to fellow students that will be available to you even after you leave UMass. The university and BCT have various resources and are holding events specifically to help you build and maintain that network.

You can connect with us using the various social media connections mentioned on top of this page under “Stay in Touch!”. That way, you will get notified when we are organizing events or have job offers that may be of interest. Make sure you add yourself at least to our BCT (alumni) email list.

Also, upon graduation from BCT, you will receive an Alumni ID. Your first step then should be to register with the UMass Amherst Alumni Association.

This has various benefits for you – for example, you can get an alumni association forwarding email. It also allows us to better stay in touch with you. You will then be able to receive occasional notices of events at BCT.

Either way, we hope you check back in every once in a while and let us know what became of you. We are always curious to hear about our graduating students’ career paths.