Mark H. Hasso, PhD, PE Memorial

Photo by Rich Schmitt Photography,
Courtesy of CMAA

CMAA New England regrets to inform you of the passing of Mark Hasso, PhD, PE, a Founding Father and Board Member of our Chapter, on March 16 after battling pancreatic cancer. Mark was a staunch promoter of construction management, in New England and nationally. He was a notable educator who continually fostered opportunities for his CM students. Mark was a Professor of Construction Management at Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) for over 30 years and was involved in many organizations within the design and construction industry.

Born in Baghdad, Iraq, Mark attended the prestigious Baghdad College and Al-Hikma University. He earned a Masters in Civil Engineering (Highway & Transport) from City University of London, and then both a Masters and a Ph.D. in Civil (Construction Management) from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and became a registered professional engineer. In 1989, he began his 31-year tenure at WIT. During this period at WIT, he became a member of many engineering and construction organizations, most notably the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) and the Boston Society of Civil Engineers (BSCE), serving in each for over 30 years. Mark was a founding member of CMAA New England (CMAA NE) which was chartered in 1994, and continued serving on the Board until his passing. CMAA NE named Mark the 1998 Person of the Year. For CMAA National, he was on the CMAA Foundation as a Board member, received the first Educator of the Year Award in 2012, and in 2017 became a member of the CMAA College of Fellows. Mark was extremely proud of being inducted as a Fellow, and as CMAA National stated:

“The Fellow designation is the highest honor that CMAA bestows on an individual. The designation recognizes those individuals who are industry leaders, and who have made significant contributions to their profession, the industry, and the Association.”

Mark joined the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 1976 and was awarded the President’s Leadership Award in 1996. In 2000, he became BSCE’s 153rd President and in 2008 was given the Citizen Engineer’s Award. Throughout his tenure, WIT recognized Mark on many occasions, and presented him with the 2008 President’s Distinguished Service Award. His professional career achievements are so numerous that to try to enumerate them succinctly would be difficult.

Mark was nationally recognized and received the first ever Engineering News Record New England Region Legacy Award in 2015; given to individuals who have demonstrated significant lifelong contributions to the industry as a whole and to their chosen professions. As noted in WIT news briefs, upon receiving the ENR Legacy Award Mark’s thoughts immediately went to his true legacy: teaching and his students.

“Teaching has always been my passion besides maintaining the professional practice,” he said. “Winning this award gives me further enthusiasm and motivation to achieve more in serving the profession and the academic community.”

As a CMAA NE Board member, Mark’s keen insights enabled him to offer sound advice, solve problems, and help set goals for the organization. His focus was set firmly in the future. A cheerleader for all CM students, not just those who attended WIT, Mark would remind us of the symbiotic relationship between CM students and Construction Management professionals. He would emphasize the responsibility of CMAA to foster the financial and mentoring needs of these students, who could give back immediately, but more importantly, will in the future as CM professionals. When it came to the CM students, Mark was our conscience.

He would urge CM students to apply for scholarships, take the CMIT exam, attend a conference, and join a CMAA NE committee. Their involvement, Mark said, would be good for the students and for the Chapter. Mark would assist students with co-op, and ultimately, full-time positions. He would invite them to participate in conferences to meet other CM students from sister colleges with similar Young Member subcommittees. Mark was a tough professor who cared deeply about his students’ preparation for the work ahead of them as CM professionals.

Mark’s private life revolved around family. He was a devoted son and brother, helping his three siblings and parents as much as possible. When his mother Reina and sister May visited him from Iraq in 1990, extensive military actions had begun in the Middle East. Consequently, they were unable to go home. Mark persuaded them to stay in the US and provided them with food and shelter. When it was time to relax, Mark played scrabble, chess, and backgammon, and wrote poetry. He was a true Renaissance Man. We will miss him greatly.

2020 Scholarship Applications Are Now Being Accepted Through Friday, May 8

The New England Chapter of CMAA invites worthy students enrolled in a Construction Management or other CM related degree program and demonstrating commitment to a career in construction management apply for the 2020 CMAA-NE Scholarship.

Eligible Candidates must:

1. Have completed a minimum of one full academic year of studies

2. Have a minimum of one full academic year remaining prior to degree completion

3. Be enrolled in a Construction Management or other CM-related degree program

4. Show a strong interest in a career in CM

5. Have a GPA of 3.0 or above.


Selection Criteria:

The CMAA -NE Scholarship Committee will consider the following in selecting winners of the 2020 scholarship:

  • academic performance: 20% Minimum 3.0 GPA required
  • quality of essay on future plans / scholarship interest: 30%
  • extracurricular activities: 20%
  • work experience: 20%
  • recommendation of faculty advisor: 10%
  • BONUS: Student member of CMAA: +5%


Deadline: Noon, Friday, May 8, 2020

Completed scholarship application package and separate advisor evaluation form with recommendation letter must be submitted by noon May 8, 2020 to:

Debra Caminiti [email protected] and

Wendy Riggs-Smith [email protected]


Please see below and download the application for additional details regarding eligibility and submission requirements.

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CMAA-NE will award the scholarships at the October 2, 2020 annual award luncheon.


26th Annual Project Achievement Award Nominations Deadline Extended

CMAA New England has extended the deadline for nominations for project achievement and professional excellence. Nominate your project across various categories or propose a Person of the Year candidate. The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 15, 2020 by 5:00 PM! Please see below and download this year's Nomination Instructions and Application form. We want to see your best projects, program, and people win! 

In light of the current COVID-19 restrictions we have suspended the requirement for a hardcopy submission and will accept only electronic submissions.

There is an entry fee of $150.00 (by a CMAA Member) and $200.00 (by a non-CMAA Member) that must accompany each submission.
Click here to pay Entry Fee Online

E-Mail electronic file (15MB max) and mail electronic format (thumb drive) of nominations and entry fees by the above deadline to:

Mr. Michael Bertoulin, PE, CCM
WSP, 9th Floor
75 Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116
[email protected]

Download Nomination Instructions

CMAA New England Golf Outing Postponed Until Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Due to the constantly changing coronavirus situation, the government and health officials suggestion for social distancing, and for the safety of all, the Annual CMAA NE Chapter’s Golf Outing for CM Scholarships, which was scheduled for May 20, 2020 has been rescheduled to Wednesday September 30, 2020. For those who have already registered and would like to maintain your registration, no action is required. Should you choose otherwise, please contact Jeffrey Paul at 508-269-7639, and your registration fee will be cancelled or returned. We appreciate your patience and understanding during these trying times. Thank you.

CMAA New England Annual Awards Luncheon Postponed Until Friday, October 2, 2020

Respecting the State of Emergency declared by Governor Baker and the latest CDC strong guidance on social distancing and uncertainty to the end of the current restrictions on gatherings, we have decided to postpone the CMAA NE Annual Awards Luncheon scheduled for Wednesday May 6, 2020, to Friday October 2, 2020. Many thanks to those who were able to meet the original award submission date.  However, due to numerous requests to extend the deadline, we are extending the submission deadline 60 days, while all other Awards criteria remain unchanged.  Submissions will be accepted until Friday May 15, 2020. In light of the current COVID-19 restrictions we have suspended the requirement for a hardcopy submission and will accept only electronic submissions. All submissions will be reviewed as a group, after May 15, 2020.  We will notify you of the results of the selection following a review of all submissions.  


Please be safe as we navigate through this trying time, which may very well extend into the summer, and look forward to a return to normalcy and seeing you in the fall.

Call for 2020 Scholarship Sub-committee Members

The New England Chapter of CMAA invites interested members of the CM community to volunteer to serve on the Scholarship Sub-committee. Interest, expertise, and representation will be considered in making the appointment. Scholarship Committee members may NOT submit scholarship applications themselves.

Scholarship Committee Members:

The Committee consists of a member of the CMAA-NE Board and representatives from the CMAA members-at-large.

Committee Meetings:    

The Scholarship Sub-committee meets as needed to perform outreach, confirm application procedures and criteria and to select scholarship recipients. The majority of the committee’s work is focused in the January – May time frame, culminating with selection of recipients in mid-April, the Awards Luncheon on May 6 and the sponsoring Golf Tournament on May 20 this year.

Charge of the Scholarship Committee:

Coordinate the application, delivery and selection process for scholarships, including: 

-   Design and distribution of the CMAA-NE Scholarship application
-   Outreach to qualifying academic programs for worthy scholarship candidates
-   Review of applications and selection of scholarship recipients
-   Make recommendations on the level of funding based on CMAA-NE annual operating budget and level of support through the annual Golf Event
-   Announcement of scholarship recipients
-   Arrangements for scholarship recipients to attend annual awards luncheon
-   Distribution of award letters to recipients' and their academic program
-   Distribution of certificates to award recipients
-   Outreach to CM community for scholarship sponsorship

Interested Parties:
Please share your expression of interest with the 2020 co-chairs:

-   Debra Caminiti [email protected] and
-   Wendy Riggs-Smith [email protected]  

CMAA New England Chapter Annual Sponsors