Nicholas Vence got his PhD in computational atomic physics from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He used some of the world’s (temporarily) fastest super-computers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he modeled laser-electron interactions . As a postdoc at University of California Irvine, he optimized a machine learning classification algorithm that identified cell phase in microscope images of (C elegans) worms. Later at Loma Linda University, he was part of three interesting projects. The first project was developing a pre-clinical, proton computed tomography scanner  where he: calibrated the energy scanner, worked as a proton beam operator, and programmed robotic stages for beam line tasks. The second project was developing a radio-surgery procedure to treat cardiac arrhythmia; its goal was to find the proton dose necessary to scar cardiac tissue. During his third project, he enjoyed learning about statistics and epidemiology while compiling various datasets (medium frequency cancers, diabetes vs meal pattern) for the Adventist Health Study.
Nicholas worked at Camp Alamisco at a variety of jobs from janitor to counselor to assistant camp director. In order to stay productive, he enjoys: running, yoga, swimming, and weight lifting. Fall 2018 he had the privilege of joining a team that climbed Snake Dike, a 5.7 multi-pitch climb up the shoulder of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Even though he is an ordained elder, he acknowledges his dependence on God and is an advocate for Bible study, scripture memorization, and local-church involvement.