NERC Information

The Basics

This year’s conference will run from 5pm on Friday November 22nd through noon on Sunday November 24th. Your registration includes all necessary meals for the weekend: a casual dinner on Friday, a light breakfast, boxed lunch and heavy appetizer dinner on Saturday, and a light breakfast on Sunday and well as coffee and snacks at various points. The dress code for the weekend is business casual. On Sunday, chapter t-shirts are encouraged!

When you arrive, you will go to the Rutgers Student Center on College Ave to check in at the Registration Table, recieve your name tag, weekend information and goodie bag. The weekend will feature four Keynote Speakers, one formal networking event on Saturday afternoon and two casual networking periods during dinner on Friday and Saturday. See below for travel and parking information.

Download the Bizzabo App

New to this year’s Northeast Regional Conference is the Bizzabo App! The app, available for download in either the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, allows you to have all of the conference information--Agenda, Speaker Bios, Session Abstracts, Locations--at your fingertips. You can even see what professionals and people that you are connected with are attending the conference. Once you have downloaded the app, search “EWB-NERC” in the search bar to locate the customized page for the conference. Note: you must have a LinkedIn account to access all of the features of the app.

Friday Evening Extras!

After the lectures, dinner and networking on Friday evening, the EWB-Northern New Jersey Professionals have helped organize a fun event for those who are looking for a little entertainment! The Stress Factory Comedy Club in New Brunswick will be holding seats and preparing a buffet dinner for members of EWB-USA attending the Northeast Region Conference. Charlamagne Tha God and Friends will be performing Friday, November 22, at 9:45 PM. The total cost for this event is $45 ($30 for the show + $15 for dinner). If you plan to attend, please RSVP using this form no later than Tuesday, November 19. You can register for the event ( or for questions, please contact Katie Puckett ( from EWB-NNJ.  For more information about the Stress Factory, visit their website at

Networking Session

On Saturday, November 23rd, from 3pm-6pm, the EWB-Northeast Regional Conference will have its networking session. This is a great opportunity to meet with our sponsors, speakers and other NGOs! Currently the following are attending: Lockheed Martin, Pratt & Whitney, AECOM, CDM Smith, MWH, ASCE, Mission2Heal, Millenium Campus Network, EWB-Engineering Service Corps, E4C, ASME, Boren Awards, and OHorizons Foundation. At this time, we anticipate that some of our sponsors will be accepting resumes!


Saturday Evening Event

On Saturday evening we will have appetizers with networking and art! The event will be held at the  Zimmerli Art Museum. More information about the museum including current exhibits can be found on the museum’s website.

Poster Competition--Spots still available!

We still have several slots available for the poster competition! To participate in the poster competition, please read the rules and then have a representative from your chapter email Colleen Thiersch at  by November 17th, 2013.

Full details and requirements are available on the website.

Conference Agenda: Weekend overview, Lecture Abstracts and Speaker Bios

The conference agenda is available at our website. On this page, the top document is the general flow for the weekend. Below that you will find a spreadsheet embedded in the webpage. This spreadsheet can be sorted by session time, topic and target audience to allow you to explore the various sessions we have to offer. You can also explore lecture abstracts and speaker biographies at your leisure. Please be sure to read up on the sessions being offered before arriving. In an effort to reduce waste, we will not be printing abstracts or biographies for each attendee. Don’t forget, you can download the Bizzabo mobile app to have all of the abstract and biography information at hand for the weekend!


Don’t forget, we have been highlighting a Featured Speaker on our Facebook Page every week! Like us on Facebook to to see these and many other informative posts from the Northeast Region Committee! Refer to our conference website for the most up to date agenda, speaker bios, and more!



Finally, we would like to take a minute to offer a huge Thank You to our numerous conference sponsors who are helping make this event possible!

Travel to the Conference

Rutgers–New Brunswick’s five campuses are located within easy reach of several major highways, including the Garden State Parkway, the New Jersey Turnpike, Route 1, and Route 287. The Turnpike provides easy access to Rutgers–New Brunswick for many visitors. To reach campus from the Turnpike, take Exit 9, then bear right after the toll booths and follow signs for Route 18 North–New Brunswick. Stay to the left to continue on Route 18 North. Follow these detailed directions to the five campuses of Rutgers–New Brunswick from nearby highways:

Getting Here Is Convenient

Situated at the center of the Northeast Corridor that runs from Boston to Washington, D.C., Rutgers–New Brunswick is 41 miles from New York City and and 66 miles from Philadelphia

By car: Nearby highways include the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway; Interstate highways 1, 287, 95, and 78; State routes 18 and 130.

By rail: New Jersey Transit operates a major station in New Brunswick on the Northeast Corridor line; the station is a short hop from a main Amtrak rail station at Metropark in Iselin.

By bus: New Jersey Transit and Suburban Transit provide regular daily service, both local and to New York and Philly.

By air: New Brunswick has excellent train connections to Newark Liberty International Airport—a major East Coast air hub with many direct flights domestically and abroad. New York’s John F. Kennedy (J.F.K.) and LaGuardia airports are also accessible via car and public transportation.


Limited parking will be available free of charge in Lots 26, 30, and Parking Deck on George street. These lots are located right behind the Rutgers Student Center. Lot 30 can be seen on the map, Lot 26 is the small one next to it. If you are attending the conference in its entirety, it is encouraged that you carpool with friends or colleagues to the campus so that the lot does not become overfilled. See and for parking lot locations

Be aware there is no parking in these lots overnight.   

For comments or questions on the conference, please contact Nicole Ostrowski and Paroma Saha at

See you in soon!


The Northeast Region Committee

Cassie Thiel, President,

Monica Louie, Vice President,

Greg Maitta, Treasurer,

Daniela Aizpitarte, Secretary,

Nicole Ostrowski & Paroma Saha, Conference Coordinators,

Brian Goodacre, Webmaster,


Registration for the 2013 Northeast Region Conference, November 22nd-24th, 2013, at Rutgers University in New Brunswick will open in mid-August. Please check back after August 1st for rates and more information. Please be aware that last year’s conference reached maximum attendance two weeks prior to the scheduled registration closing date. The planning committee highly encourages you to register early to ensure your seat at the conference. 



We are pleased to offer discounted rate on a limited number of rooms at The Heldrich hotel in New Brunswick.
10 Livingston Ave, New Brunswich, NJ 08901

To book online, visit and click on the “Check Availability” button, which will open the Calendar Booking screen. Select the Group Code option, located below the banner logo. Input your Group Attendee Code 206144 and then click the Update button.  Select your Arrival and Departure Dates and the number of guests and then click Continue.  Select your preferred Bed Type, fill in the appropriate Information Fields, and then click Submit.  If you require telephone assistance with your reservation please call 866-609-4700 between 8 AM and 8PM EST and give the agent Group Attendee Code 206144 to book your room.
Room Rates Available Until October 25, 2013:
Single Rate:  $109/night
Double Rate:  $109/night

Couch Surfing

We are currently organizing our couch survey responses. If you have any questions, please contact Sravya Khasnavees at

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Professional Development Hours (PDhs)

Unfortunately, we are not certifying credits this year.  Professional participants can retain and submit the agenda as evidence of hourly professional development. Depending on the state of resident, some states will accept these as PDH's that can stack to CEU's.  We are not able to offer any direct oversight or certification as we have in years past, however. 
For comments or questions on the conference, please contact Nicole Ostrowski and Paroma Saha at