Brother Nielsen currently serves as the chair of Brigham Young University – Idaho’s Design and Construction Management department. He attended Brigham Young University for two years and then transferred to Arizona State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management. After a 26 year construction career, he returned to Arizona State where he earned a Master of Science in Construction Management. He then completed coursework towards a PhD at Virginia Tech. While studying for the masters and while at Virginia Tech he was able to teach construction management classes. He and his wife, Donna have 6 children and 29 grandchildren.