ASCE Honors DeNichilo with Its OPAL Lifetime Achievement Award for Management

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August 6, 2014

Nick DeNichilo - Hatch Mott MacDonaldNicholas M. DeNichilo, P.E., M.ASCE, whose leadership and management enabled Hatch Mott MacDonald to become one of the country’s largest, most influential engineering firms, is the recipient of ASCE’s 2015 Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Lifetime Achievement award for management. President and CEO of Hatch Mott MacDonald, a full-service infrastructure, trans­portation, and environmental engineering company, DeNichilo is responsible for the success and sustainability of the firm’s entire operation, which encompasses all of North America. A graduate of the Newark College of Engineering with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and the New Jersey Institute of Technology with a master’s degree in civil engineering, DeNichilo brings technical expertise, 39 years of experience in the consulting field, an extensive network of relationships with key industry leaders and regulators, and his own personal tenacity and energy to this position. Under his leadership, Hatch Mott MacDonald has more than tripled in size – from a staff of 866 in 2002 to a staff of 2,700 in 2014, working from 76 offices across the U.S. and Canada – and has emerged as an important player in the premier league of North American consulting firms. Hatch Mott MacDonald has also achieved over a sixfold increase in profitability primarily through internal growth, and is ranked 31st on the 2014 Engineering News Record’s list of Top 500 Design firms. The firm’s growth can be traced to DeNichilo’s desire to maintain a strong culture of providing quality services, safety, ethics, professionalism, and innovative solutions. Prior to his appointment as president of Hatch Mott MacDonald, Nick managed the firm’s Water Division, serving many public and private clients. A member of ASCE’s Industry Leaders Council, he is also a past chair of the New Jersey Section of the American Water Works Association. DeNichilo is presently a member of the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Board of Overseers and the Newark College of Engineering Board of Visitors. An industry expert, DeNichilo has authored and presented numerous technical papers, as well as hosted technical discussions at various industry events. He has been honored with numerous awards throughout his career, among them ASCE’s Engineer of the Year Award in 1999, and the George Warren Fuller Award for his distinguished professional and volunteer service in the water field from New Jersey Section of the American Water Works Association.

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