Chief Technology Officer at Solidia Technologies / Former Vice Chairman of the Educational Council at MIT / Former Member of the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology

Nicholas DeCristofaro is the Chief Technology Officer at Solidia Technologies, a New Jersey-based company providing sustainable product solutions to the building materials industry. Solidia’s patented processes reduce the cost of cement and concrete products while enabling the carbon footprint of these materials to be reduced by up to 70%.

Throughout his career, Nick has focused on the development and commercialization of advanced materials. He came to Solidia from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he directed the Office of Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Property. Prior to joining UMass, Nick held a variety of research and business

management roles over a 28-year career that included positions at AlliedSignal, Honeywell International and Hitachi Metals, in the U.S. and abroad. He has 68 U.S. patents and over 30 peer-reviewed publications to his credit.

Nick earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in metallurgy, and a doctorate in materials science and engineering, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has served as an adjunct professor of materials science at Clemson University, as Vice Chairman of the Educational Council at MIT, on the board of directors for the Pioneer Valley Life Science Institute (MA), on the peer review panel of the Fiber Optic Materials Research Program at Rutgers University, and as a member of the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology. A resident of Chatham, NJ, Nick was elected to the Board of Education for the School District of the Chathams, and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Interfaith Council for Homeless Families of Morris County.