John Nicholson

Engineering Graduate and Professional Programs

Adjunct Professor in the Engineering Graduate and Professional Programs

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Currently I serve on the Cybersecurity Masters Steering Committee in the Pratt School of Engineering. Until the fall of 2017 I was the instructor for EGRMGMT 550 and 551, the Internship and the Internship Assessment, in the Master of Engineering Management program. Previously I advised an independent study in Software Engineering Management and have also developed and mentored semester-long corporate-sponsored Consulting Practicums (EGRMGMT 556) for the program.

I continue to enjoy helping students develop professional and career enhancing skills. The last two years I mentored an undergraduate team for the Atlantic Council's Cyber 9/12 Student competition held at American University and continue mentoring the Duke Cyber Team.

In 2019 I joined the board of the Center for Christianity and Scholarship at Duke. With over 30 years experience at IBM and Lenovo in the areas of cybersecurity, software, product management, and technology management, I have a certification in Information Systems Security (CISSP) and my research interests are in the area of cybersecurity technologies and strategy.


  • B.S.E.E. Duke University, 1972
  • M.B.A. Duke University, 1974


  • Adjunct Professor in the Engineering Graduate and Professional Programs