Hi, I'm Derek Nichols
Graduate Research Assistant and NSF Graduate Research Fellow
I came to Georgia Tech in 2017 to pursue a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering specializing in experimental fluid mechanics with Professor Ari Glezer. My research focuses on understanding how aircraft nacelles behave in a crosswind while close to the ground with funding from The Boeing Company, Georgia Tech, and the NSF GRFP. Upon graduation, it's my goal to continue research in experimental fluid mechanics with a focus on improving the efficiencies of current technologies in the aerospace industry to help propel us into a green energy future.
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.