Nicholas assists the firm in patent prosecution in the areas of materials science and mechanical engineering.
Before joining the firm, Nicholas pursued his PhD at Harvard University in the Microrobotics Laboratory under Professor Robert J. Wood. His research focused on the design of actuation and control systems in fluidically powered soft robots, which explored novel ways of creating and controlling movement within soft robots as well as creating stronger and more capable robots by exploiting mechanical interfaces between hard and soft materials. Throughout his graduate work, he integrated techniques from advanced additive manufacturing, laser micromachining, and microfluidics to develop new fabrication paradigms for robotics. His research efforts led to publications in top academic journals, including Science and Advanced Materials, as well as multiple patents.