Mario Finis, P.E., M.ASCE, is the recipient of the Rickey Medal for contributions to the practice of hydropower engineering through global advocacy and support for hydroelectric development, education, and public policies that include hydropower as a clean, sustainable supply of electricity for developed and developing nations.
Senior vice-president and director of hydropower and dams at the Broomfield, Colorado–based engineering firm MWH Global, Finis serves on ASCE’s Energy Division Executive Committee and is dedicated to the development of hydropower as a clean and reliable renewable resource, a commitment that has taken him to a large number of both developing and developed countries to support hydroelectric development across the globe.
Finis has worked on hydroelectric projects in North America, Central and South
America, Asia-Pacific, and Europe-Africa, with projects ranging from small and large greenfield hydro-developments, to dam and hydroplant rehabilitations, to keeping existing hydroelectric projects producing electricity far into the future. His passion for promoting hydroelectric power as a clean renewable resource translates to his participation in a number of societies focused on increasing the public’s awareness of the benefits of hydroelectric power as well as teaching future hydropower engineers.
A member of the National Hydropower Association CEO Council, the International Hydropower Association, and the Association of State Dam Safety Officials, Finis has more than 32 years of experience in the global energy and water resources industry, and he specializes in dam safety and hydropower.
Throughout his career, Finis has made significant contributions to the field of hydroelectric engineering through his work in the development of hydroelectric power throughout the world. He has had oversight responsibility for the management and delivery of some of the largest and most iconic current or recent wet infrastructure engineering projects in the world. Some of these include the Panama Canal Third Set of Locks Expansion Project in Panama, the Karahnjukar Dam in Iceland, the Tekeze Dam in Ethiopia, and the Jinping-I Dam in China.