Martin Nichols of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan is the Chief Information Officer at Altair Engineering Inc. As CIO, Nichols oversees Altair's global IT and communications infrastructure, their enterprise business systems and corporate human resources. He was previously Altair's Executive VP of Global Alliances and Operations. Since joining Altair in 1992, Nichols' accomplishments include opening and managing the UK operation as well as directly managing the China operations. He also helped develop Altair's operations, business presence and distribution channels in several other global markets, including Spain, France, India and Brazil. Nichols volunteered with the US Peace Corps in Lesotho and then spent two more years’ in-country working on a USAID-funded project. Nichols received his Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1986.