Nicholas assists the Mechanical Technologies Group and the Electrical & Computer Technologies Group in diverse technology spaces including robotics, additive manufacturing, medical devices and telematics. He works with clients ranging from startups to large corporations and academic institutions in the areas of patent prosecution, opinion work and patent litigation.
Before joining the firm, Nicholas completed 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 patent applications.