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Engineering as Profession

The lecture will be held in the Spahr Classroom of Eaton Hall at 2:30 on Thursday, October 26.

The lecture will discuss and review the development of Engineers as Professionals by focusing on:

  • Expectations
  • Ethics
  • Engineering Excellence


Ronaldo T. “Nick” Nicholson, P.E., Vice President

Mid-Atlantic Region Manager, Parsons Transportation Group

Ronaldo “Nick” Nicholson is a Sr. Program Manager and Vice President for Parsons Transportation Group in Washington DC, providing advisory and program management services for VDOT’s Elizabeth River Tunnels P3 and the Transform I-66 P3 Megaprojects in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia, respectively.  He was appointed Chief Engineer/Deputy Director of District of Columbia DOT (DDOT) in April 2010. He served in that position for 4-years, overseeing major DDOT programs/projects including the 11th Street Bridge Design-Build project, H Street/Benning Design-Build Streetcar project, as well as major bridge rehabilitation projects, and urban streetscape improvements on the great streets and boulevards of Washington DC.

Prior to that, Mr. Nicholson served as the Regional Transportation Program Director in charge of VA MegaProjects Program, overseeing P3 projects such as I-495 Hot Lanes, the Dulles Rail Corridor Improvement Project, and Project Manager for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Improvement Project for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). These projects were recognized as some the largest and most complex transportation infrastructure projects in the nation at the turn of the century.

Nick’s body of work includes over 34 years of public and private sector transportation improvements. Under Mr. Nicholson’s leadership, the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project and VDOT received the 2008 ASCE Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Award, the 2008 American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) America Transportation Award, and the 2009 International Bridge Conference Gustav Lindenthal Medal.  Nick was also recognized in 2010 by AASHTO as a Trailblazer in Civil Rights for his innovations to achieve Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) compliance on Mega Projects in Virginia.

Mr. Nicholson received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Kansas and a Master of Science in Structural Engineering from George Washington University in Washington, DC. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia and the District of Columbia. 


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