Neil M. Fennessey, Ph.D.

Photograph of Neil M. FennesseyAssociate Professor

  • Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University, 1994
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1986
  • B.S. in Zoology/Civil Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1975

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  • Phone: 508.999.8416
  • Fax: 508.999.8964
  • Office: Violette Building, Room 220A


Dr. Neil M. Fennessey is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. He has been a specialist in hydrology and water resources planning and management for over twenty-five years. He earned Bachelor's degrees in both Civil Engineering and Zoology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a Master's degree in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Tufts University.

Before becoming a faculty member at UMass-Dartmouth, Dr. Fennessey was a senior hydrologist and water resources engineer with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Resource Protection developing technical water resources policy for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Prior to that he worked with a consulting firm engaged in devising the national water resources development plan for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Fennessey is also the owner and president of Hydrologic Services, Inc., a professional practice firm.

Dr. Fennessey is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Geophysical Union, the American Water Resources Association, Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honor Society and Chi Epsilon, the National Civil Engineering Honor Society. His work has been widely published in the hydrology and water resources planning and management periodical literature.

Areas of interest

  • Hydro-climatology
  • Hydrology
  • Technical Policy Assessment
  • Water Resource Engineering
  • Water Resource Planning and Management