Rear Admiral David J. Nash, P.E., CEC, USN (ret.), F.ASCE, served the U.S. Navy as a commissioned civil engineer for 33 years before entering the private sector. During his 44 year career, he has gained extensive management experience and knowledge in program management, facility design, construction, logistics, and facility maintenance. Currently President of his own consulting group, Dave Nash & Associates, LLC, a company focused on project development and execution in emerging markets and the United States, Dave is a professional engineer with hands-on experience at all program and project levels, including multi-million dollar complexes and multi-billion dollar infrastructure reconstruction programs. During his career, Mr. Nash has provided construction, program, financial, and acquisition management services for programs and projects all over the world including multiple billion dollar global construction programs that encompassed industrial facilities, transportation, housing, and utilities projects; established innovative acquisition procedures from field to executive level; and created and initially managed the largest reconstruction program ever attempted by the U.S. Government outside its borders. His experience includes the management of multi-billion dollar physical asset programs, including the U.S. Navy’s shore installations worldwide and the reconstruction of Iraq’s infrastructure.
In this episode, Dave discusses the importance of leadership as a key attribute of successful engineers as well as the need for sustainable renewal of U.S. infrastructure and the accompanying political will to stay the course. He also highlights some of the unique international challenges he faced during his experiences in Iraq.