Chemical Engineering Alumni
1. Chemical Engineering Outstanding Engineering Alumni
It's the love of competition that fuels Nicholas DeIuliis' drive. "It's a huge motivator," Nick says.
In a relatively short time, the chemical engineer has not only led his $4 billion public company, CNX Gas, to become the biggest natural gas producer in Appalachia, he's also obtained his MBA and law degree.
But Nick says those aren't the toughest things he's done. That honor goes to his time at Penn State.
"Completing that program was the most challenging thing in my life," recalls the former high school valedictorian.
Looking back, Nick says luck played as big a role in his success as his tenacity. He points to three key - and fortuitous - moments that shaped him.
The first, he says, was coming to Penn State. The second happened when he joined CONSOL Energy's research and development group after graduating.
"I was immediately placed in a group with decades and decades of experience," Nick states. The young engineer began soaking up their lessons "like a sponge".
"That was a heck of an impressive group."
His third lucky stroke came when he was CONSOL's vice president of strategic planning. The firm's CEO, Brett Harvey, approached Nick and offered him the opportunity to take CNX Gas, then a subsidary of CONSOL, and spin it off.
It was the logical move, Nick says. Up until that point, CONSOL was primarly a coal company, and the natural gas business is very different.
"To get to the next level of growth, you needed to spin it off," the Pittsburgh native says.
As CNX Gas's CEO, Nick cultivated the firm into the region's biggest natural gas player and CONSOL's most profitable holding.
Today, Nick is hard at work merging CONSOL and CNX Gas back together, serving as president of CNX Gas and chief operating officer for both. His responsibilities include operating the companies' coal mines and gas fields and overseeing more than 8,000 employees.
"We've dome exactly wat we hoped to do, and then some," he says of the CNX spinoff. "Now it's time to create this synergy between the two companies."
Nick admits he hasn't thought about his next career move. "The career path will take care of itself if you take care of the challenges of today."
Nick and his wife, Joyce, reside in Upper St. Clair, PA, with their twin daughters, Nicolette and Millena.
Written in 2009, Top of page