With a solid educational background, Nick Zettlemoyers degrees have helped him succeed throughout his career. In 1966, Nick graduated from Cornell with a Civil Engineering degree. After Cornell, he went to Penn State and obtained a MS in Architectural Engineering.
In August 1968 Nick married his high school sweetheart, Janet. Soon after that he went into the Civil Engineer Corps of the Navy, where he worked on new construction at the Naval Air Station in Norfolk and on the new base at Diego Garcia (Indian Ocean). Four years later Nick left the service and earned a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at Lehigh University in 1976. After a year of teaching at Lehigh, Nick joined ExxonMobil in Houston in 1977. He was an employee of ExxonMobil for more than 30 years, working mostly on design, repair, and strengthening of offshore platforms. As a general support engineer, involvement with project teams was on the front end where new technology was developed and questions were often raised as to the most cost effective solutions. After that, ExxonMobil would have a project execution group proceed with implementation.
While at ExxonMobil, Nick encountered another CEE alum, Jim Loh, MS 82, PhD 85 in structural engineering, who had come to work for ExxonMobil in Nicks group. Nick had the good fortune to work with him on several projects. One on which they collaborated was strengthening of the first generation platforms in Australia in the late 80s. Both Jim and Nick took courses from Professor Bill McGuire.
At the end of 2008, Nick retired but stayed on with ExxonMobil as a contractor/advisor until the end of 2015.
His wife, Janet, obtained a physical education degree from Ithaca College in 1967 and ended up teaching pre-schoolers for 23+ years near their home north of Houston. Jan and Nick celebrated 48 years of marriage earlier this year (2016)!
Now that both of them are retired, Nick enjoys his hobbies of collecting stamps, coins and pocket watches, and traveling. Though he often traveled internationally for ExxonMobil and even took Jan along several times, they want to do more domestic travel. In conjunction with domestic travel, they want to reconnect with many of their relatives in the northeast. Both Nick and Jan grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. They have been across the country several times by car, but there are many things they have not seen (e.g. Mount Rushmore). They frequently see their two grown sons, John and Luke, and two grandkids, that they "spoil like most grandparents."
When they are not home or visiting their offspring, they are either up at what they call their "cabin," about 80 miles north of their primary residence, or at one of two resorts in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (tip of the Baja). At the cabin they enjoy deer hunting in the Fall, but treat it as a welcome getaway throughout the year. "Its very serene but comfortable too; even has satellite TV."
In closing, Nick says, "we are also anxious to get our attic and photo holdings under control. Being in the same house for almost 40 years often yields an unwanted accumulation of stuff. It may be viewed as a mundane objective, but were not anxious to leave such a mess to our heirs to sort out."