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ASCE New Orleans Branch

2020 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner


Charles W. Nelson, P.E.

Congratulations to the the ASCE New Orleans Branch 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Charles W. Nelson, P.E. Charles is a native of New Orleans and Chairman of Waldemar S. Nelson and Company, Inc., Engineers and Architects (NELSON), a multi-disciplined design consultancy serving industry, government and commercial interests since 1945. NELSON is currently one of the largest privately owned engineering firms in the State of Louisiana, employing approximately 240 engineers, architects, designers and support staff in New Orleans and Houston, supporting projects on five continents. Charles is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 1970. In 1974 he received his Master of Science Degree in Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering from the University of Florida. He is a member of the Louisiana Engineering Society, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Business Council of New Orleans & the River Region, Committee of 100, and prior member of the Clean Power & Energy Research Consortium (CPERC), the Civil Engineering Advisory Council of UNO, and the Business Development Leadership Council of New Orleans. Charles is a member of The Rotary Club of New Orleans and serves on the Board of the Southeast Louisiana Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is married to the former Dorothy Duval of Houma, Louisiana, and they have two sons.