EEE External Advisory Council

Get to know two more members of the External Advisory Council. This edition features Cindy Fort and Larry Merritt, Jr.


Cindy Fort, a technical director of the Environmental Engineering Group at American Structurepoint, earned her BS from The Ohio State University and MS from Purdue University, both in Civil Engineering. She is a Professional Engineer and Class IV wastewater operator.  She worked for the City of Indianapolis Public Works for 13 years in the Plant Engineering group, where she had the responsibilities of upgrading the biosolids systems, improving operations, and oversaw numerous other projects focused on enhancing the function of two 150 MGD advanced wastewater treatment plants.

Since joining American Structurepoint, she has been involved in planning and designing projects, such as master planning sewer systems, assessing sewers, identifying infiltration and inflow, designing infiltration and inflow reduction projects, designing new sewer systems, lift stations, water mains, and evaluating, upgrading, and designing wastewater treatment plants. She has worked on several combined sewer overflow projects including re-evaluating existing LTCPs to find more cost effective ways of controlling CSOs, designing consolidation sewers to route overflows to the Indianapolis tunnel system and separating sewers.


Larry Merritt, Jr. is manager of Global Environmental Policy at Ford Motor Company's Environmental Quality Office. Based in Dearborn, Michigan, his group provides environmental support to Ford's manufacturing facilities worldwide.  Mr. Merritt joined Ford Motor Company in 1996.  He has held several environmental positions within Ford including a three-year assignment within Ford of Europe based in the United Kingdom, as well as Facility Environmental Engineering, Manufacturing, and Vehicle Environmental Engineering positions in the U.S.  Most recently, he led the development of Ford’s global CO2, water, and waste reduction strategies, Ford's participation in numerous facility greenhouse gas initiatives globally, and the implementation of Ford’s Environmental Operating System used to optimize environmental performance at manufacturing facilities worldwide.

Merritt holds a B.S in Civil Engineering from Purdue University (1995) and a M.S in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University (1996).