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Douglas Nelson, P.E. - Milwaukee School of Engineering. Milwaukee, WI, US

Douglas Nelson, P.E.

Associate Professor | Milwaukee School of Engineering


Douglas Nelson's areas of focus are in architectural engineering and civil engineering.

Education, Licensure and Certification (5)

M.A.T.: Agricultural Education, Cornell University 1985

B.S.: Agricultural Education, Cornell University 1981

A.A.S.: Agriculture Engineering, State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Morrisville 1979

Professional Engineer: New York

Permanent Certification: Teacher of Agriculture, New York State


Douglas Nelson is an Associate Professor in MSOE's Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department. Nelson also held the Pieper Family Foundation Endowed Chair for Servant-Leadership at the university from 2019-2022. Previously he taught within the State University of New York (SUNY) system. He has industry experience as a Design Engineering Suervisor and a Technical Specialist; both in the water treatment industry. Nelson is an active member of the Water Environment Federation, American Society of Plumbing Engineers, and Wisconsin Servant-Leadership Steering Committee.

Areas of Expertise (7)

Civil Engineering

Water Treatment

Wastewater Treatment

Plumbing Engineering

Architectural Engineering

Servant Leadership

Applied Engineering Ethics

Accomplishments (7)

ASPE Award for Scientific Achievement (professional)


Pieper Family Foundation Endowed Chair for Servant-Leadership, MSOE


Falk Engineering Educator Award, MSOE


Kenneth G. Wentink Award of Excellence, American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE)


Bill Boyle Outstanding Educator Award, Central States Water Environment Association (CSWEA)


Award for Scientific Achievement


WEF Earl T. Mann award


Affiliations (8)

  • American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) : Member
  • Water Environment Federation (WEF) : Member
  • Central States Water Environment Association (CSWEA) : Member
  • Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) : Member
  • Wisconsin Wastewater Operators Association (WWOA) : Member
  • Wisconsin and National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (NOWRA) : Member
  • New York State and Wisconsin Farm Bureau (NYFB) : Member
  • National (and NYS) Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association : Life Member


Media Appearances (1)

Doug Nelson

MSOE News  


Nelson is looking forward to working with the other CREATE Faculty Fellows, with their various backgrounds, opinions and views of the world. “We may have different ideas on how to get to the end result, but we all agree on the basic statement,” he said. “We’re all in it for the students and making our students even better.”

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Event and Speaking Appearances (5)

Ethics for Engineers

MSOE PEAK Workshops, 2014 - Present, Water Reuse 2014, 2017  

Water Reuse Systems, Ethics for YPs

ASPE Technical Symposium, 2015  

Ethics for Engineers

NSPE Wisconsin Annual Conference, 2015  

ASPE Green Plumbing Design

2014 - Present  

Nutrient Control in the Real World

WEFTEC, 2010 - Present