John Headland joins Mott MacDonald's coastal practice


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  Iselin, NJ — John Headland has joined Mott MacDonald as a Vice President and Principal Project Leader for the Coastal Practice. He is based in the company’s New York City office.   "Mott MacDonald's Coastal Practice in the US is growing in expertise and international recognition," said Nick DeNichilo, President and CEO of Mott MacDonald in North America. "John Headland's arrival bolsters that trend, and his recent work in coastal resilience will help foster our global climate change and resilience initiatives." Over a 35-year career as a port, ocean, coastal and hydraulic engineer, John Headland has specialized in the planning and design of projects throughout the world. He prepared planning studies for new liquefied natural gas marine terminals in Australia, Indonesia, New Guinea, Vietnam, and India, each involving the design of deep-draft navigation channels and dredging. He served as principal in charge for the Bath Shipyard Expansion in Maine and for a passing vessel study on behalf of ExxonMobil at the Port of Los Angeles.    Headland was principal in charge of a $100 million, 158-acre container terminal upgrade at Port Newark in New Jersey, and project manager for intermodal improvements on the Brooklyn waterfront, in support of the New York City Economic Development Corporation's Strategic Port Plan.    Headland received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from George Washington University and his master's degree in civil engineering from California State University Long Beach. He is registered as a Professional Engineer in California, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York.   Headland is International Vice President of the Permanent International Association of Navigation Congresses (PIANC) and a member of Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honor Society. He is a former member of the board of the Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (COPRI) / Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port and Navigation Engineers (ACOPNE). He is a former Marine Board Member of the National Academy of Sciences' National Research Council and a former member of the US Army Corps of Engineers' Coastal Engineering Research Board. He is the author of more than 90 presentations and papers. 

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