Murli Tolaney

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Montgomery Watson, Inc.
2000 DESA Recipient
Primary office:



  • B.S. Civil Engineering 1969
  • M.S. Environmental Engineering 1971

Murli Tolaney brought commitment, enthusiasm, and vision to a small, California-based consulting firm named James M. Montgomery Consulting Engineers. Tolaney rose through the ranks at JMM until in 1989, as executive vice president and chief operating officer, he took over primary operating responsibility for the firm. He orchestrated a merger with the United Kingdom's Watson Hawksley to form the first truly global environmental engineering firm, Montgomery Watson. MW was ranked in 1999 by Engineering News-Record as the pre-eminent firm in the world in both water and wastewater services. In the years since the merger, MW has experienced steady revenue growth of more than 130 percent with 1999 revenues in excess of $500 million.

One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times