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Rispoli, James A.

James A. Rispoli 

James A. Rispoli, P.E., BCEE, F.ASCE

At-Large Director Nominee

Vision Statement 

Biographical Statement:


  • BE, Civil Engineering, Manhattan College
  • MS, Civil Engineering, University of New Hampshire
  • MA, Business Management, Central Michigan University
  • Graduate, Katz School of Business (University of Pittsburgh) Management Program for Executives, a five week full time program. (The only Government participant, at the time a Navy Civil Engineer Corps Captain.)

Work Experience 

  • President & CEO, Project Time & Cost, Inc., A Project & Construction Management Company (ENR Ranked Engineering Firm in P&CM). Lead this Atlanta, GA based engineering firm with specialties in program, project and construction management, as well as forensics engineering, with major offices in Washington State, Denver, Houston, Virginia, Maryland, New Mexico, and England. With licensed engineers in 49 states, Guam, and DC, support public sector and private sector clients in management of construction projects all the way to multi-billion dollar value construction. ENR ranked 23 in P/PM, and 34 in CM.
  • Executive Advisor, Infrastructure, Booz Allen Hamilton. Thought leader in building an infrastructure practice for this large firm, working with several senior partners, evaluating capabilities and recommending directions for growth.
  • Professor of Practice, NCSU Center for Nuclear Power Plant Structures, Equipment and Piping (current). Focus specialty in CM of nuclear facilities.
  • Assistant Secretary of Energy for Environmental Management. Nominated by President Bush and unanimously confirmed by the Senate, let a $6 billion/year program, about half of which was for capital construction and half for operations of complex facilities to chemically process high level radioactive wastes, and other cleanup activities. Implemented ANSI-standard project management tools and techniques to better plan and execute mega-projects. At the time, this was the largest single program in the entire Department of Energy. Served for 3.5 years, improving on schedule/on cost performance from 51 percent of portfolio to over 90 percent.
  • Director, Office of Engineering and Construction Management, DOE. Established engineering and construction management policies and practices for the singular civil (non military) agency with the largest budget in capital programs. Established and implemented facilities and infrastructure management practices to improve operations, maintenance and planning that affected over 20 national laboratories, nuclear weapons plants, and cleanup locations.
  • Managing Principal for Dames & Moore’s Pacific operations, including growing a client base of Air Force work in Guam and Hawaii, providing professional support for significant environmental cleanup activities.
  • President, M&E Pacific, Hawaii; Senior VP, Metcalf & Eddy. At the time, Hawaii's largest A-E firm, serving as construction project manager for the expansion of the Honolulu International Airport, managing efforts of over 80 discrete contractors as owner's agent. Also provided design for water and wastewater projects for Honolulu, Maui, and the Navy.
  • Director, Corporate Management, Naval Facilities Engineering Command. Functionally served as third senior officer (after the Chief of Engineers and the Vice Chief) for this world wide facilities and infrastructure command.
  • Director, Public Works and Environment, Pearl Harbor Naval Complex. Responsible for all facilities and infrastructure planning, improvement, operations and maintenance of the U.S. Navy's third largest installation, including a naval base, submarine base, airfield, shipyard, and support facilities. In addition to the "normal" definition of public infrastructure (roads, bridges, utilities) this included virtually all Navy-owned facilities. Operated a dedicated potable water system including production from aquifers, the state's second largest wastewater plant (and only one with secondary treatment) and an entire electrical distribution system.
  • Director, Environment, Safety and Health, Naval Facilities Engineering Command. Led "turning the corner" to transition from study of environmental contamination problems, to remediation of problems.
  • Director, Public Works and Environment, Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia. Similar to the Pearl Harbor position, on a smaller scale, for this airfield with four runways, and a landing/take-off every two minutes, 24/7.
  • Managing Director, Camp David Presidential Retreat. Commander of this Naval facility, providing not only a retreat, but security, communications and contingency plans and facilities for continuity of the presidency.
  • Navy Civil Engineer Corps, 27 year career culminating as Captain.

ASCE Involvement 

  • Fellow
  • Chair, Industry Leaders Council (2.5 years). The ILC has been dedicated to supporting ASCE with innovative thinking, to enhance ASCE's leadership role in addressing the infrastructure issues facing the nation.
  • Past Chair, Construction Division (pre-cursor to the CI)
  • Past Chair, Committee on Social and Environmental Concerns in Construction
  • Past VP and President-elect, Hawaii Section
  • Published, Journal of the Construction Division
  • Numerous presentations and session chair at conventions, congresses
  • Three ASCE Awards: Civil Government, 2006; Presidents’, 2009; Parcel-Sverdrup, 2011

Other Volunteer Activities 

  • Fellow, SAME
  • Past National Director
  • Past National Vice President for Environmental Affairs
  • Member (Past, 5 years), Corporate Council, Project Management Institute
  • Chair (Past, 3 years), Hawaii Department of Health's Environmental Director's Advisory Board
  • Board Member, National Academies of Sciences and Engineering's Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment. This is the Academies' permanent board (about fifteen members, by invitation) addressing the built environment and the challenges our nation currently faces. Currently in first year of membership.


  • Family oriented activities with married adult children and young grandchildren.
  • Have taken up bicycling after an absence of many years, on a new bike trail along the Neuse River. A nice alternative to the confines of a gym.
  • Actively attend lectures at our church, which brings in guest speakers with insightful views on theology and daily living.
  • Enjoy travel; seek out cultural and architectural/engineering marvels.
  • Enjoy reading at every opportunity: history and historical novels are my favorites. 

Vision Statement