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Bill Nickless

Bill Nickless is a senior research scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, with over 20 years of experience in experimental systems engineering and cyber security research. He has extensive experience in system administration, virtual reality, high performance networking, network sensor development and cyber security. Given this broad range of experience, his research interests are oriented towards collaborating with others to develop a deep understanding of cyber security issues—particularly those that revolve around managing the adversarial relationships endemic to cyberspace. Based on that solid foundation of understanding, he enjoys developing unique and innovative approaches and technologies to support cyber defenders for the private, public, and critical infrastructure communities.

Education: B.S. Computer Science from Andrews University.

History: Prior to PNNL, Nickless served several positions at Argonne National Laboratory, starting as a senior systems analyst and moving to an experimental systems engineer in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division. At ANL, he was responsible for driving IP multicast deployment into several institutions nationwide as part of the NSF-funded Access Grid project.


  • Member, Sigma Xi Interdisciplinary Honor Society
  • Member, Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude, with Honors from Andrews University


  • 6 Presentations
  • 5 Journal Articles
  • 4 Conference Proceedings

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