Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota, 2013-Present
Research Associate, Center for Turbulence Research, Stanford University, 2011-2013
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Turbulence Research, Stanford University, 2009-2011
Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Laboratoire d'Hydrodynamique (LadHyX), Ecole Polytechnique, 2006-2008
Pre-Doctoral Research Associate, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Washington, 2001-2005
Research Assistant, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Washington, 2001
Professor Nichols’ research spans a variety of fields. His doctoral work focused on simulation and analysis of turbulent reacting flows. While at Ecole Polytechnique, his research included absolute vs. convective instability, weakly nonlinear/nonparallel stability theory, global mode decomposition, secondary instability and Floquet analysis, adjoint-based methods for non-normal flow systems, dynamic mode decomposition, optimal perturbations and developing reduced order models for active flow control. At Stanford, Professor Nichols’ work included extreme-scale LES (large eddy stimulation) and computational aeroacoustics.