- BS from Utah State University in Physics
- MS from Utah State University in Physics (Aeronomy)
Brother Nielson was raised in Manti, Utah, and served in San Jose, California and Guadalajara, Mexico as a missionary. He received his BS from Utah State University in Physics. He completed a MS from Utah State University in Physics (Aeronomy). After graduate school he worked for the micro-meteorology lab at USU and then taught for one year at Southern Utah State College and has since taught at BYU-Idaho. Brother Nielson enjoys shooting, model rockets, lapidary and silverwork, and hunting. He and his wife Darla currently have five hobbies - four daughters and one son.