Connecting Aerospace Interests

Frank Nichols - The explorer.

Frank NicholsMr. Nichols holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix; a Bachelor of Science Degree from California State University at Fresno and has earned a Master’s Degree from the Professional Photographers of America.  He is the founder of Silicon Forest Electronics, 1999, and is the current CEO and President.  During his tenure at SFE he has grown the business as green field start-up into a $20M per year aerospace and unmanned automated vehicle business specializing in mission critical electronics manufacturing.  He participated in his first Farnborough Air show in 2012 and since has attended the Paris Air show.  Prior to his tenure at SFE, he worked as a business consultant within the Department of Defense and Department of Energy and DOD contractors.  He has had significant contributions to military projects and environmental remediation projects contracted by Aerojet, Eaton, Chamberlain Manufacturing, US Navy Cruise Missile programs and other  US Navy air launched combat weapons.

Frank is driven and passionate.  He travels both domestically and internationally as a photographer, tour leader and instructor.  His prime photographic work is landscape, architectural and wildlife.  He is currently engaged in writing a book on Yellowstone National Park, “Forty Days and Four Seasons of Yellowstone”. At present he has spent over 400 days inside the park.  He spends significant time with the bears of Alaska nearly every year and travels to Africa for both photographic and humanitarian projects.

His passion also is focused on the education of our youth.  Since reading the book by Thomas Friedman, The World is Flat, he has engaged in activities to support the increase of STEM education.  SFE supports intern programs from both Oregon State University and Washington State University.  STEM education starts before the university level.  Recently, SFE has initiated a similar high school intern program whereby student get real world experiences and have the opportunity to earn additional scholarships funded by SFE for continuing their education.  SFE also participates in another program called “Gateway to College” promoting continuing education beyond the secondary level with “at risk” students.  Together this STEM focus was recognized by the PNAA in February by awarding the “Inspire” award.  He is also a member of the Governor’s Aerospace Pipeline Committee  which is involved in creating recommendations on budgets concerning the aerospace needs in acquiring and keeping well trained aerospace workers.