Charles Nelson

Waldemar S. Nelson & Co.

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Charles Nelson is a native of New Orleans and President and Chairman of Waldemar S. Nelson and Company, Inc., Engineers and Architects, a multi-disciplined design consultancy serving industry, government and commercial interests, founded in 1945.

Charles is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 1970. In 1972, he moved to Gainesville, Florida, where he took a research assistantship while earning his Master of Science Degree in Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering from the University of Florida.

Upon completion of his thesis, he moved to The Hague, Netherlands, and worked for Frederic R. Harris, Inc. as a Marine Civil/Structural Engineer. He returned to New Orleans in 1978, where he joined Waldemar S. Nelson and Company, Inc. (NELSON) as a Senior Engineer. In 1986, Charles became President of NELSON, which is currently one of the largest privately owned engineering firms in the State of Louisiana, employing approximately 350 engineers, architects, designers and other support staff located in New Orleans and Houston.

Charles Nelsonis involved in many professional associations including the Louisiana Engineering Society, the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Technology Council, the World Trade Center of New Orleans and the Advisory Board for the Loyola University International Business Center. Mr. Nelson is also a past Chairman of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute Alumni Association. He received the Andrew M. Lockett medal for civic activities from the Louisiana Engineering Society in 2003, and the International Business Executive of the Year award in 2006 from Loyola University’s International Business Student Organization and the College’s International Business Faculty.

Community activities include membership in The Rotary Club of New Orleans. He presently serves on the Boards of the Southeast Louisiana Council of the Boy Scouts of America, New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, and the Clean Power & Energy Research Consortium (CPERC).