Bradford Nickerson

Professor Emeritus in Computer Science

185th Encaenia: May 29, 2014

Through his outstanding commitment, leadership and mentorship, Brad Nickerson helped shape UNB’s Faculty of Computer Science and contributed to its national reputation for outstanding research and teaching.


Just after obtaining his PhD in 1987, Dr. Nickerson was appointed assistant professor in the Faculty of Computer Science and established UNB’s Information Technology Centre—which has acted as a bridge between the information and communication technology industry and computer science education and research occurring at UNB. He also founded the Faculty of Computer Science Research Expo, first held in June 2004. He has served as chair of the Faculty of Computer Science Recruitment Committee, and coordinator of the Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering program.


A responsible leader, a rigorous scholar and a respectable mentor, Dr. Nickerson received the UNB Merit Award twice; and was awarded the Computer Science Excellence in Teaching Award by students in the faculty.


During his time at UNB, Dr. Nickerson had supervised 45 graduate students and 53 undergraduate students, and served as chair or member of 104 UNB Master’s and PhD thesis examining boards as well as serving as an external examiner on several theses.   He has received 101 research grants, contracts and awards totalling more than $3 million.


Dr. Nickerson values collaboration.  He spearheaded the successful 2002 Atlantic Innovation Fund proposal and has worked with UNB researchers in a number of faculties throughout his career. He has authored or co-authored 19 journal papers, 43 papers in refereed conferences, 64 non-refereed papers and posters, and 106 technical reports.


 In 2007, Dr. Nickerson was awarded a Harrison McCain Foundation Visitorship Award to support one year as a visiting professor to Aarhus University in Denmark.


In his retirement, Dr. Nickerson remains actively involved in research and continues to supervise graduate students at UNB.