Speaker Spotlight | Dr. Randall K. Nichols, DTM

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Professor Randall K Nichols

Kansas State University Polytechnic


Randall K Nichols

Randall K. Nichols, DTM, Associate Professor of Practice, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) - Cybersecurity, Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus & Professor Emeritus - Cybersecurity, Utica College. Nichols is internationally respected with experience in leadership roles in cryptography, counter-intelligence, INFOSEC, and sensitive computer applications and many published works focused on cybersecurity.

Master of Science, Chemical Engineering, Texas A & M, Kingsville, Texas, May 1991

Master of Business, Operations Research, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, August 1970

Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 1967


Professional Speaking and Leadership Award

Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), Toastmasters International, July 12, 2016. Awarded to only < 1% of Toastmasters Internationally.

Professional Teaching Experience

Associate Professor of Practice, UAS – Cybersecurity, Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus, Salina, Kansas, August 13, 2017 to Present.

Adjunct Faculty, UAS – Cybersecurity, Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus, Salina, Kansas, June 8, 2015 – August 13, 2017.

Professor Emeritus –Cybersecurity, Utica College, Utica, New York, Nominated October 17, 2014, Approved by President Todd Hutton and Board of Trustees on June 19, 2015.

Professor of Practice – Cybersecurity, Utica College, Utica, New York, March 2011 to June 2014.

Associate Professor, Utica College, Utica, New York, August 2006 to March 2011.

Professorial Lecturer, Towson University, Towson, Maryland, May 2005 to December 2006

Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland University College, College Park, Maryland, January 2004 to August 2005

Adjunct Professor, George Washington University, Washington, DC, June 1999 to December 2004


Managerial and Non-Teaching Experience

Chief Operating Officer, INFOSEC Technologies, LLC, Counter-Terrorism / Counter – Espionage, Information Assurance Firm, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, September 2001 to August 2006. Firm supported approximately 1700 government, corporate, and academic clients.

Vice President and Division Manager, TeleHublink Corporation, Advanced Embedded / Wireless Cryptographic Research, Andover, Massachusetts, March 2000 to September 2001

Chief Executive Officer, COMSEC Solutions, LLC, Cryptographic /Anti-Virus / Biometrics Countermeasures Firm, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, June 1998 to March 2000 [COMSEC Solutions, LLC was acquired by public firm in March 2000]

Technical Director for Cryptography and Biometrics, International Computer Security Association, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, October 1997 to June 1998

Alumina and Bauxite Raw Materials Division Superintendent, Reynolds Metals Company, Corpus Christi, Texas, September 1983 to October 1997

Senior Engineering Manager – Computer Applications and Information Security, United States Borax and Chemical Corporation, Boron, California, October 1977 to August 1983


Scholarly Accomplishments

Book for potential publication 2018

Editor / Author of new textbook entitled: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) In the Cyber Domain: Protecting USA’s Advanced Air Assets, for potential publication 2018, Copyright 2016-2018, All Rights Reserved. (Collaborators established /Work / Research in progress)


Books Published (6) – Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Nichols, R.K. & Lekkas, P. (2002) Wireless Security: Models, Threats, Solutions. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Nichols, R.K, Ryan, D. & Ryan, J. (2000) Defending Your Digital Assets Against Hackers, Crackers, Spies and Thieves. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Nichols, R K. (1998) the ICSA Guide to Cryptography. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Nichols, R.K. (1996) Classical Cryptography Course Volume II. Laguna Hills, California: Aegean Park Press.

Nichols, R.K. (1995) Classical Cryptography Course Volume I. Laguna Hills, California: Aegean Park Press.

Nichols, R.K. (1991) The Corporate Aluminum Model, Texas A & M University- Kingsville Press, Kingsville, TX.

Peer- Reviewed Publications

Nichols, R. K. (2006) Handbook of Information Security. Hossein Bidgoli, Editor in Chief. Chapter 74: Wireless Information Warfare in Volume II: Information Warfare: Social, Legal and International Issues; and Security Foundations. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley.

Nichols, R.K. & Serth, R. (March 1992) the Corporate Aluminum Model: A GAMS-Based Model for Optimal Long-Range Planning and Investment Analysis by Aluminum Companies in TMS Light Metals Journal Alumina and Bauxite Ii. TMS: San Diego, California.

Nichols, R.K. & Thatcher, C. (March 1991) the Reynolds Powerhouse Optimization Computer Model in TMS Light Metals Journal Alumina and Bauxite Ii. TMS: San Diego, California.


Dr. Nichols will be presenting DRONE WARS: Threats, Vulnerabilities and Hostile Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Small UAS (sUAS) from 3:00 - 3:45 pm on October 4, 2017 at the Cyber Security Forum in Wichita, Kansas.