Robert Nicol, Ph.D.
Robert Nicol is the senior director of technology development at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. He is also co-founder of the MIT-Broad Foundry for Synthetic Biology.
Nicol joined the Whitehead Institute / MIT Center for Genome Research in 2001 to apply industrial process design to genome sequencing and directed the Sequencing Operations and Technology Development groups at the Broad for over 12 years, designing and implementing multiple generations of high-throughput DNA sequencing processes. Earlier, as an MIT Leaders for Manufacturing Fellow, Nicol worked on production line optimization for Raytheon’s AMRAAM missile and Boeing’s 777. Nicol previously worked as a project manager for Fluor Corporation, where he managed multiple, large-scale petrochemical design and construction projects.
Nicol received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Houston, and an M.S. in chemical engineering, M.B.A., and Ph.D. in engineering systems from MIT.