United States Sports Academy Board of Trustee member Dr. Nicholas Niccolai was recently selected as a top 50 scholar/researcher at the University of South Alabama’s 50th anniversary celebration in Mobile, Ala.

Niccolai was selected by USA’s Research Council to represent the many significant scientific contributions made by the university’s faculty and graduate students over the past 50 years. He was recognized for his research, scholarly and creative works.

Academy Board of Trustee member Dr. Nicholas Niccolai was recently honored as a top 50 Scholar/Research at the University of South Alabama's 50th Anniversary celebration.

“I was very surprised when I received the award and very grateful that I could represent the many achievements of USA’s School of Computer and Information Sciences,” says Niccolai, who joined the Academy’s Board of Trustees in 2000.

Niccolai’s recognition was for his work in computer science research. Done in collaboration with Niccolai’s colleague and close friend, Thomas Hain, the research project recognized for the award was completed under a grant by The Scott Paper Company in Mobile. The work is titled, “Research in the Production of Paper Products for Optimal Scheduling of Resources and Processes.”

“The work allowed Scott Paper Company to improve their production and resulted in significant cost savings,” Niccolai says.

During Niccolai’s 16 years at South Alabama, he served as director of the Undergraduate Computer Science Division, director of the Graduate Computer Science Division and director of graduate research for the School of CIS.

After retiring from the school in 1997, Niccolai joined the Minolta-QMS Corporation as senior vice president of engineering and quality assurance of the color laser printer division. At Minolta-QMS, he was responsible for designing and building the hardware and software for state-of-the-art color laser printers used in high-end graphics applications.

In 2002, Niccolai started working for Northrop Grumman – Ingalls Corporation in Mississippi as the director of process improvement. Niccolia joined Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) in 2012, which was spun-off from Northrop Grumman. HII is the largest shipbuilder in the United States of Navy and Coast Guard warships. Niccolai served in the U.S. Navy Reserves for more than 26 years, retiring in 2003 as a Captain.