Nikki Colton

Nikki Colton
Nikki Colton
Liquefier Support
434 Loomis Laboratory


In 2011, I enlisted in the United States Navy as an aviation structural mechanic for the safety equipment (AME) on Boeing’s EA-18G Growler, an electronic warfare aircraft. I served on active duty in Electronic Attack Squadron 139 (VAQ-139) which was stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI).

In 2016, I came to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) to pursue a bachelors degree in Computational Physics.

In 2017, I was hired as a part-time undergraduate employee to instrument the Physics department's helium recovery meters. A website that provides UIUC's helium recovery data can be found at:

In 2019, I graduated with my bachelors degree in Computational Physics. I then started working for UIUC's Physics department as a full-time academic hourly while continuing to take one STEM course each spring, summer, and fall semester.

In April of 2022, I was hired by II-VI Incorporated to design firmware.