Božo Nikolić graduated from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, in 1974, in mechanical engineering. He obtained the M.Sc. degree from the Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Serbia, in 1984, in mechanical engineering and received his Ph.D. degree in from University of Kragujevac, Serbia in 1998 for the Dissertation “Influence of cutting regime elements onto the reliability functions of tools”.
He started his career in 1974 in the wire factory, and from 1975 he was a research assistant at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia. From 1981 he worked in the Occupational Safety Institute in Novi Sad, and in 1987 he joined the School of Professional Higher Education in Novi Sad, Serbia as a Professor of vocational studies. Since 2000 to 2013 he served as the Director of the School.
Prof. Nikolić is a holder of three professional licences for design, engineering and monitoring in mechanical engineering, a licence for designing liquid gas installations, a licence for periodical testing of work equipment and the state licence for occupational safety and health.
His research interests were in mechanical engineering, fire safety, fire protection and occupational safety and health. He has published 20 books, 9 technical solutions and more than 150 conference papers. He has been involved in 12 scientific projects funded by the Provincial Directorate of Science and Education and he wrote more than 100 technical projects.
During the career, prof. Nikolić has taught various subjects in mechanical engineering and in occupational safety to undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational students, as well as a number of engineers and technicians via continuous professional development courses. He was often involved in introducing new courses and programmes for undergraduates, postgraduates and for lifelong learning.
Recently, he has initiated and led the team working in the area of occupational health and safety, both in methodology development and in providing consultancy to a wide range of companies. He has directly led a number of consultancy projects, establishing successful cooperation with large companies and SMEs.
He was the initiator of formulating the practical student work within the curricula for vocational Bachelor students and the main driving force in applying Bologna principles.