Nicholas A. Carlough is the founder of the Institute of Astro-ekistics.
He received a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science from The Evergreen State College (TESC) for the study of agricultural systems design as well as closed ecological life-support system. The bulk of his work at TESC focused on formalizing the concept of Closed Socio-Ecological life support systems (CsELSS) as distinct from CELSS.
Nicholas began his career as a biomedical equipment and life support systems technician in the United States Air Force (USAF), where he specialized in expeditionary-medical facilities support systems (E.g, Facilities, power production, medical gas production and ) and personal protective equipment maintenance (E.g, HAZMAT/CBRN protective equipment and power respiratory systems). In addition to his technical profession, he also served as airfield, personnel and decontamination security during OIF/OEF and Operation Tomodachi during the Fukushima nuclear incident. He also volunteered with the Venus Project as Co-director of Marking / Public Relations.
After leaving the USAF Nicholas served as Chief Operations Officer for the extreme futurist festival in LA, and from 2012 to 2014 Chief Science Officer for TRED (Terraforming & regenerative ecosystems development) Laboratories a san-Francisco based R&D firm interested in advanced life support systems and space settlement technology.