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WINTER 2008

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Professor Michael Greenberg welcomes Nick Masucci (MCRP 1975) back to the Bloustein School
Professor Michael Greenberg welcomes Nick Masucci
(MCRP 1975) back to the Bloustein School

Nicholas J. Masucci, MCRP 1975

Professor Michael Greenberg recalls the nine graduates from the 1975 MCRP class as some of the most talented ever to pass through Rutgers University. One of those graduates, Nicholas J. Masucci, returned in November as a guest lecturer at the Bloustein School, describing how his career in planning has taken him from the Middlesex County Planning Board to Iraq and Afghanistan where he now helps direct the reconstruction of shattered societies.

 

The president and CEO of Berger Group Holdings, Inc., which includes The Louis Berger Group, Masucci addressed Bloustein School faculty, students and alumni on “International Development and Reconstruction: The Role of a Large Planning Firm.” He discussed how Louis Berger has managed highway, school and medical clinic building efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Philippines, as well as helped to implement economic growth and infrastructure development strategies.

 

Professor Greenberg described his former student as possessing enormous energy and intellect. The 1975 MCRP class took on a project to site a solid waste management facility as the basis for a research article. Following his lecture, Masucci met for dinner with the Bloustein School alumni association.

 

Upon graduation from Rutgers, Masucci went to work for Middlesex County and then the New Jersey Governor’s Office of Planning and Policy. Masucci entered the private sector by working for the Louis Berger Group as a planner and then left to start his own firm, VMS Inc., a company created around the concept of utilizing asset management for the maintenance of infrastructure. Upon building VMS to a $100 million company, Masucci was invited back to Berger to lead the company as president and CEO. In addition to The Louis Berger Group, Inc., Berger Group Holdings owns ENDER, Berger Devine Yaeger, Inc., Ammann & Whitney, Berger/ABAM, and Klohn Crippen and investments in VMS and EA Engineering Science and Technology.

 

Mr. Masucci’s knowledge of infrastructure and sound management practices
allowed him to create not just successful companies, but also new products that
fill a special need in today’s marketplace. He has adapted generally accepted
private sector business methods and developed systems to create a program to
manage infrastructure using an investment perspective.

 

Masucci described Louis Berger’s philosophy as “Figure it Out, Think it Through, Plan It, DO IT.” In working overseas, the firm directs its employees to get involved directly in projects, minimize the use of middlemen, rely on local resources, adapt to local cultural conditions and focus on results.

 

Alumni News

Former Humphrey Fellow Nadwa Al-Dawsari (2004-2005) serves as senior program manager for the National Democratic Institute's Conflict Management Program in Yemen. She returned to the Bloustein School in February to speak on "Managing Tribal Conflict in Yemen" as a guest of the Center for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and the Humphrey Fellows Program.

 

Nadwa Al-Dawsari
Nadwa Al-Dawsari

Nadwa helps manage a tribal conflict management program in Yemen, helping the Yemeni government and tribal leaders deal with the causes and manifestations of tribal conflict. She holds an MA in Development Studies from the University of Leeds, England. While at the Bloustein School as a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, she received training and conducted research on conflict resolution and public policy issues. The Humphrey Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education.

 

Two Bloustein School graduates, Frances Hoffman (PhD 2001) and Annemarie Uebbing (MCRP 1984), made Real Estate New Jersey's list of 50 Women of Influence. Hoffman directed the NJ Office of Smart Growth's brownfields program before joining Lakewood-based Somerset Development. At Somerset, she is transforming one of the state's largest brownfields sites in Wood-Ridge into Westmont Station, a mixed use "New Urbanist" transit village.

 

Uebbing, who also held several positions in state government, including director of affordable housing, joined Community Preservation Corp. in 2003 where she now serves as vice president and regional director. She focues on financing low-, moderate- and middle-income multi-family housing, and in 2007 managed $11 million in financing for projects in Asbury Park and Paterson.