Ms. Nicole Boston CAE

Society of Fire Protection Engineers

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Society of Fire Protection Engineers
Bronze Most Valuable Member


Nicole Testa Boston serves as the executive director for the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, which works to advance the science and practice of fire protection engineering and its allied fields, to maintain a high ethical standard among its members and to foster fire protection engineering education. Nicole has over 18 years of experience in the engineering industry, having previously served eleven years as deputy director of Fiatech, an industry-led consortium in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin focused on deploying technologies to improve how capital projects are designed, engineered, constructed, and maintained. Prior to that she served as executive director of the Building Futures Council as well as held senior management positions at the Civil Engineering Research Foundation and the American Public Works Association. Nicole is a certified association executive (CAE) and has served on numerous councils and committees for the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). She has been published in numerous industry journals and trade magazines and frequently presents at industry conferences. Nicole received a bachelor's degree from American University’s School of International Service and received a Certificate in Fund Raising Management (CFRM) from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She currently resides with her husband, son and beagle in Austin, TX. Specialties: leadership, strategic development, business development and management, governance and operations, facilities management, project management, event management, marketing and communications, member relations/account management, corporate and industry partnerships, public relations, technology trends in engineering and construction.

Job History

Society of Fire Protection Engineers
Executive Director
September 2013 - present

University of Texas at Austin
Deputy Director, Fiatech
October 2002 - September 2013

American Society of Civil Engineers
Executive Director, Building Futures Council
January 2001 - July 2002

American Society of Civil Engineers
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, Civil Engineering Research Foundation
June 1999 - July 2002

American Public Works Association
Program Manager, Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP)
April 1998 - June 1999