Hi, I'm Derek Nichols
Graduate Research Assistant and NSF Graduate Research Fellow
I came to Georgia Tech in 2017 to pursue a PhD in mechanical engineering specializing in experimental fluid mechanics with Professor Ari Glezer. My research focuses on understanding how aircraft nacelles behave in a crosswind with funding from The Boeing Company, Georgia Tech, and the NSF GRFP. Upon graduation, it is my goal to stay in academia and pursue a faculty position. In preparation, I’ve completed Georgia Tech’s Tech to Teaching Certificate, the CIRTL associate level certificate, received an ASME Graduate Teching Fellowship, and am a member of various on-campus groups aimed towards students with teaching aspirations.
Outside of research, I’ve been working on enhancing my coding skills by taking on small coding projects to learn new languages and get better at the ones that I already know. In my free time, I love to cook, train Muay Thai (i.e., kickboxing), enjoy long distance cycling, and hiking around Georgia.