Doctor of Engineering

Over the past four decades, Jack D. Bryant’s award-​​winning engi­neering firm, Bryant Asso­ciates, has helped shape and strengthen com­mu­ni­ties throughout the United States, Canada, South­east Asia, and North Africa.

From water and waste­water issues to con­struc­tion man­age­ment to trans­porta­tion and traffic engi­neering, Bryant Asso­ciates has earned a rep­u­ta­tion for bringing clear vision and state-​​of-​​the-​​art solu­tions to the 21st cen­tury infra­struc­ture chal­lenges today’s cities face.

Under Bryant’s inspired lead­er­ship the com­pany has won numerous awards, from orga­ni­za­tions ranging from the Boston Society of Land­scape Archi­tects to the Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment Asso­ci­a­tion of America. Today he con­tinues to serve as pres­i­dent, respon­sible for directing all busi­ness oper­a­tions and over­seeing projects in the firm’s six offices nationwide.

Bryant’s impact spans far beyond the world of engi­neering. He also played a crit­ical role in our nation’s history—a role for which he was awarded one of the nation’s highest civilian honors, the Con­gres­sional Gold Medal, by Pres­i­dent George W. Bush in 2007.

During World War II, he became one of 996 Tuskegee Airmen, the renowned group of African Amer­i­cans whose achieve­ments in that war helped shift America’s views on racial equality and integration.

Fol­lowing in the foot­steps of his older brother Joseph, Bryant trained to be a B-​​25 bomber pilot. The war ended before he could see combat, and Jack Bryant was dis­charged from the Army Air Corps in 1946.

But the expe­ri­ence shaped his life in many ways, starting with the GI Bill, which enabled Bryant to attend the Uni­ver­sity of Michigan and earn a bachelor’s degree in civil engi­neering. He sub­se­quently enrolled at North­eastern, receiving a master’s degree in engi­neering management.

Among his numerous honors and dis­tinc­tions, the North­eastern alumnus is a fellow of the Society of Amer­ican Mil­i­tary Engineers.

He holds pro­fes­sional reg­is­tra­tions in many states and mem­ber­ships in sev­eral orga­ni­za­tions: the Amer­ican Society of Civil Engi­neers, the Amer­ican Railway Engi­neering and Maintenance-​​of-​​Way Asso­ci­a­tion, the National Society of Pro­fes­sional Engi­neers, and the Amer­ican Road and Trans­porta­tion Builders Asso­ci­a­tion. In addi­tion, Bryant has served as pres­i­dent of the Boston Post Chapter of the Society of Amer­ican Mil­i­tary Engineers.

Bryant also holds posi­tions related to his his­toric role, serving as a sup­porting member of the pro­posed Mass­a­chu­setts Air and Space Museum. More recently, he was inducted into the Rhode Island Avi­a­tion Hall of Fame.