Lt. Col. Karl Nilsen

Karl Nilsen
Title: Military Science Department Chair
Division: Military Science
Unit: Army ROTC/Military Science
Office Location: Chick Evans Field House, Room 110
Office Phone: 815-753-6240

Courses Taught

  • MILS 401: The Army Officer
  • MILS 402: Company Grade Leadership
  • MILS 495: Independent Study


  • M.A., Webster University, Management (2013)
  • B.S., United States Military Academy (West Point), European History (2002)

Military Experience

  • Commissioned in the Active Army as an Aviation Officer in 2002.
  • Qualified to pilot 4 aircraft: TH-67, OH-58 A/C, AH-64D, and the AH-64E.
  • Conducted 3 deployed tours to Iraq in support of Operation IRAQ FREEDOM and Operation NEW DAWN.
  • Army Schools completed include:
    • Air Assault
    • Officer Basic Course
    • U.S. Army Flight School
    • Aviation Captain’s Career Course
    • Intermediate Level Education at the Command and General Staff College
    • Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance Staff Course
    • Foundations of Instructor and Facilitator Course
    • University Senior Leader Course