February 18, 2020

Mr. Nicholas M. DeNichilo, P.E., Hon.D.WRE, F.ASCE, President & CEO of Mott MacDonald, has been elected an Honorary Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (Hon.D.WRE), for his outstanding contributions in the water resources engineering profession, leadership in civil infrastructure projects, and advancing the  water resources engineering profession. The Honorary Diplomate is AAWRE’s highest honor bestowed on an individual. Since the founding of AAWRE in 2004, Mr. DeNichilo is only the thirty-ninth individual to be bestowed the Honorary Diplomate status from the Academy.

Honorary Diplomate status is only granted to outstanding individuals who meet one or more of the following criteria: has attained a position of eminence in the water resources engineering profession, has made a singular noteworthy achievement or sustained noteworthy contributions to the advancement of the water resources engineering profession, or has rendered outstanding service over a sustained period of time in the field of water resources and to the work of the Academy.

Mr. DeNichilo is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mott MacDonald, North America.  He is responsible for the success and sustainability of the firm’s entire operation in North America. Mott MacDonald - North America is a $ 600 million business with 2500 employees and is part of Mott MacDonald’s $ 2 billion global operations with 16,000 employees.  Nick serves as a member of the Mott MacDonald Group Executive Board. He brings technical expertise, with 45 years of experience in the consulting field, an extensive network of relationships with key industry leaders and regulators.

An industry expert, Nick has authored and presented numerous technical papers, and hosted technical discussions at various industry events.  He also is active in many professional and trade organizations.  Nick is a licensed professional engineer in many states and the District of Columbia.  He is Chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Industry Leaders Council and is a past Chair of the New Jersey Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA).  Mr. DeNichilo is a member of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Design Professional Coalition (DPC).  Mr. DeNichilo is also a member of the National Academy of Construction.  He is a member of the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Board of Trustees and previously served as a member of NJIT’s Board of Overseers and past Chairman of the Newark College of Engineering Board of Visitors.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Innovation Institute.  He is also a member of the University of Rutgers, New Jersey Climate Adaptation Advisory Committee.  Mr. DeNichilo is also a Board member of the Villanova Career Compass Advisory Board.  He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Industry Board of Center for Buildings, Infrastructure and Public Space at Columbia University.

Mr. DeNichilo has been honored to receive awards throughout his career, including ASCE’s Engineer of the Year Award in 1999.  In 2003 New Jersey Section of the American Water Works Association awarded Nick the George Warren Fuller Award for his distinguished professional volunteer service in the water field.  In 2005, the NJIT Alumni Association presented Nick with the Association’s Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award.  In 2014, ASCE awarded Nick the Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Award, which recognizes and honors outstanding civil engineering leaders whose lifetime achievements and accomplishments have made significate differences in the field of engineering management.  In 2015, ASCE awarded Nick the John I. Parcel – Leif J. Sverdrup Civil Engineering Management Award for becoming a widely respected national voice on behalf of safe engineering practices and the need for resilient infrastructure while guiding Mott MacDonald through a period of growth and profitability as President and CEO. Nick received his BSCE from Newark College of Engineering and his MSCE from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Mr. DeNichilo, along with other Diplomate Inductees will be recognized and honored on May 18, 2020, during AAWRE’s 16th Anniversary Diplomate Induction & Awards Ceremony at the 2020 EWRI World Environmental & Water Resources Congress in Henderson, NV.

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