Mr. Michael Della Rocca was honored during the RPI Center for Infrastructure, Transportation and the Environment (CITE) reception at Transportation Research Board in Washington. A distinguished friend and alumnus of RPI, Della Rocca was honored for his outstanding accomplishments in the transportation field. Graduating from RPI in the late 1970’s with a BS in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Transportation Engineering, Della Rocca also received an MBA in Executive Management from St. John’s University.
Before stepping down in 2010, Della Rocca was a valued member, and ultimately Chairman, of RPI’s Civil and Environmental Advisory Board for nearly 10 years.
Mr. Della Rocca is currently North America Chief Executive for AECOM, leading a $4-billion professional services business practicing in the transportation, environmental, water, energy, buildings, mining, and government sectors. His team of 14,000 professionals includes specialists in engineering, science, economics, planning, finance, ecology, construction management, and operations. The company’s Americas business operates from over 300 offices in North and South America, and is engaged in some of the world’s most noteworthy projects, such as the Freedom Tower and Second Avenue Subway projects in Manhattan; the Croton Water Treatment Facility in NYC; the replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge; the new privately financed high voltage DC transmission line linking Canada and New York city along the Hudson River; and the design of the recently opened Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, to name just a few within New York.
Throughout his 35-year career, Della Rocca has published and presented widely in professional forums, and is a frequently quoted authority on the engineering industry. Active in a number of national design and construction industry organizations, Della Rocca also currently serves as Vice Chair of the New York Building Foundation and the New Jersey Alliance for Action, and has served as president of the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York.