William Joseph Nicholson, SB, SM, PhD, MBA

William Nicholson

Title: (Retired) Independent Energy and Environmental Consultant

Location: Ross, California, United States

William Nicholson, Retired Independent Energy and Environmental Consultant, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in energy engineering and administration.

As a registered professional chemical engineer in the state of Washington, Dr. Nicholson has built a prolific career and amassed more than 50 years of professional experience. He first gained experience as a senior development engineer at Hooker Chemical Company and Battelle Northwest from 1964 to 1970, and then served as a planning associate at the Potlatch Corporation until 1975. Dr. Nicholson rose to the ranks of corporate energy coordinator and manager of corporate energy services in the aforementioned company, holding the posts from 1976 to 1994, and later accepted a position as the director of corporate energy and environmental services, which he held until 2002.

During his tenure with Potlatch Corporation, Dr. Nicholson additionally served as the chair of the energy council for the American Forest and Paper Association from 1998 to 2002. He was invited to the White House to meet President Jimmy Carter and remembers this meeting as a highlight of his career. In addition, he was asked to testify before Congress in reference to a Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act. Dr. Nicholson continued to apply his expertise and experience as an independent energy and environmental consultant to the American Forest and Paper Association until his retirement in 2015.

In preparation for his career, Dr. Nicholson attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1960 and a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering Practice in 1961. He continued his academic pursuits at Cornell University, receiving a PhD in Chemical Engineering in 1965 and later earning an MBA from Pacific Lutheran University in 1969. Throughout his career, Dr. Nicholson maintained affiliation with numerous professional organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sigma Xi, the American Chemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He was recognized with a George B. Morgan Award from the MIT Educational Council in 2000, and as a further testament to his success and experience, he has been featured in the 34th edition of Who’s Who in Finance and Business, as well as multiple editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in the World.

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