Craig Nilson

US Coast Guard

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US Coast Guard


Craig T. Nilson is an active duty officer currently serving in the U.S. Coast Guard Human Resources office. He works as an Operations Research Analyst, applying techniques such as Markov chains and regression to manage forecasts of accessions, advancements, and attrition for over 30,000 active duty enlisted personnel. Craig earned his M.S. in Operations Research from George Mason in December 2017 and his B.S. in Operations Research & Computer Analysis from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 2009. As a Coast Guard Officer, he has also served in assignments on both U.S. coasts, specializing in shipboard communications, information assurance, intelligence, and enterprise IT support. Craig believes that education is the foundation of a successful career and is committed to professional development and lifelong learning. In addition to his institutional education, he has taken online courses on various topics including deep learning and enjoys reading academic publications on statistics, machine learning, and approximate dynamic programming. Craig is also committed to teaching others and has worked as a volunteer at Mathnasium, an educational center which provides math tutoring for K-12 students in Arlington, Virginia. Craig is originally from Amherst, New Hampshire and enjoys exploring the food scene of the D.C. area and relaxing on the beaches of Delaware with his fiancée. His other hobbies include snowboarding, surfing, generating computer graphics, DJing, and drinking tea.