Nicholas DeNichilo

Board of Advisors

Nicholas DeNichilo, PE, 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 $500 million business with 2,700 employees and is part of Mott MacDonald’s $2 billion global operations with 17,000 employees.  Nick serves as a member of the Mott MacDonald Executive Board. He brings technical expertise, with over 40 years of experience in the consulting field, an extensive network of relationships with key industry leaders and regulators.  Under his leadership, Mott MacDonald has more than quadrupled in size and has emerged as an important player in the premier league of North American consulting firms. 

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 Vice 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 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. 

Nick 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 significant 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 an extraordinary 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.