Robert E. Nickell (1935 – 2015) had a long history of research and structural design related to defense industries, nuclear energy safety and petroleum industries.
Early in his career, Dr. Nickell developed finite element software for the analysis of solid propellant rocket motors and conducted research on finite element analysis applied to fluid mechanics and dynamic buckling of structures. He has consulted on technical issues related to extending the operating lifetime of commercial nuclear power plants. Dr. Nickell also consulted on the design and operation of controlled detonation chambers for the destruction of chemical weapons.
Dr. Nickell earned his Ph.D. in engineering science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Nickell served as ASME’s president for the 1999/2000 term.
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