About Nick

I currently serve as the Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Plymouth. I’m honored to have this responsibility and dedicate my time to being a servant leader for the residents and staff. I’ve greatly enjoyed my first term on the Commission and am very proud of all of the accomplishments of the team. I’ve been liaison to the Planning Commission and currently serve as liaison to the School Board.

I’ve been a Plymouth resident since 2013, when Leigh, my wife, and I purchased our first home. I grew up in Northville, graduated from Northville High School, then studied physics and math at Albion College. I then earned degrees in mechanical engineering and materials science engineering from the University of Michigan, and completed my PhD in materials science engineering in 2017 also from the University of Michigan. Our beautiful and rambunctious daughter Zoe was born in 2019 in Plymouth!

My passion has been the development of new technologies for manufacturing, specifically, the innovation of new materials. This led me towards a career as an entrepreneur. In 2010 I co-founded CSquared Innovations, a University of Michigan advanced battery and materials manufacturing spin-off. I co-invented the technology to develop thin-film lithium ion batteries, helped raise significant capital, and created a series of well-paying jobs. I then became the president of Breakthroughs for Humanity Management, Inc., a research and development firm focusing on commercializing disruptive clean energy innovations for fuel management, plastics recycling, and hydrogen production. Currently,  I am the Chief Technical Officer and founding member of Detroit Materials. At Detroit Materials I co-invented an ultra-high strength steel that can be cast into complex and thin-wall shapes, which is ideal for lightweight structures in the automotive, industrial, and defense industries. I also co-founded Detroit Bat Company, which produces vintage baseball bats in the style of the 1860’s to 1880’s and is located in Plymouth.

I’m proud to be a small business owner, entrepreneur, and innovator, but I’m more proud that I’ve developed these enterprises here in Southeast Michigan.

I presently am the Assistant Director of Entrepreneurial Practice at the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan.  As Assistant Director, Nick manages and teaches in the Entrepreneurs Leadership Program, Global Treks, and TechLab.

In my spare time I enjoy playing vintage baseball at the Henry Ford as a Lah-De-Dah or as a Red Rover, the 1867 team that hailed from Plymouth which I helped resurrect 3 years ago. I’m also an avid runner.