Robert Lee Nicholls, PhD

Civil Engineer | Educator

Robert Nicholls

A Timeline of Professional Milestones 

1929

Born to Carrol C. Nicholls and Claire M. Nicholls in Lincoln, Nebraska.

1948

Is a surveyor for the U.S. Geological Survey.

1949

Becomes a survey instrument man for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

1950

Is a lab research assistant for Bituminous and Concrete Materials Research Labs. at the US Bureau of Reclamation Denver Federal Center.

1951

Earns a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Colorado, with high honors.

1951

Works as a concrete materials and metal structures inspector at the Canyon Ferry Dam within the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

1952

Earns a Master of Science in civil engineering from Iowa State University in 1952.

1953

Is a design engineer and construction supervisor for the U.S. Army Corps Engineers in Japan and Korea until 1955.

1957

Earns a Doctor of Philosophy in civil engineering from Iowa State University in 1952.

1957

Works as a chief materials engineer and highway design engineer for Gannett & Fleming in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

1958

Marries Ruth Ann Allen.

1959

Teaches as a professor civil engineering university delegate.

1960

Works as a geotechnical engineering and construction materials consultant for DuPont until 2006.

1972

Writes “Civil Engineering Systems,” available in English, Polish, and Spanish, and releases the second edition in 2005.

1976

Writes “Composite Construction Materials.”

1983

Volunteers for Habitat for Humanity International.

1984

Writes the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Structural Plastics Selection Manual.

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