From Mechanical Engineer to Attorney: Nick Blanton '06 Has Done it All

Nick Blanton, Class of 2006, has gone on to accomplish great things post-high school graduation. After his time at Bosque School, he attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering in December 2010. He then earned his MS in Mechanical Engineering in August 2012.

Before attending the University of New Hampshire School of Law in May 2019, he spent four years working as a mechanical engineer. During that time, Nick was involved in several prominent design projects.

One of the major projects was an expansion of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, located in Washington, D.C. The Kennedy Center, which opened in the early 1970s, is the premier event space in our nation's capital. The $250 million dollar expansion that Nick helped design just opened this past week. Nick said the building “includes beautiful curved-marble exterior surfaces and state-of-the-art mechanical systems.” Next time you’re at our nation’s capital, be sure to check it out. In the meantime, you can view photos of the building and read more details here.

Another project that he had a hand in designing was the U.S. Embassy in London, which opened in January of 2018. There he designed mechanical systems for the secure areas of the building (i.e., where the ambassador, FBI, and the like hold their offices). Nick explained, “After the U.S. Embassy in Iran was seized in 1979, the design of our embassies abroad called for more stringent security measures. To put it simply, the U.S. Embassy in London involved complex and unique system design solutions to account for such stringent security measures.” This venture is considered one of the most expensive office buildings in the world, costing $1 billion dollars. You can read more about, and see pictures of the completed building here.

Currently, Nick is fresh out of law school and works as a patent attorney in New Hampshire. He’s involved in the prosecution and litigation of patents. His job is to help inventors protect their hard-earned inventions by obtaining and enforcing legal rights to those inventions. “I wish I could speak more freely about my current work, but most of it is confidential,” Nick expressed.

“My experience at Bosque School definitely fostered in me the proverbial ‘love of lifelong learning’ and my desire to pursue and obtain higher degrees,” Nick shared. He went on to say, “In particular, Dr. John Roth, Dr. Heather O'Shea, and T.J. Middleton each contributed invaluably to my education, in their respective areas of expertise.”