David is the iDigBio Project Manager based at the Florida Museum of Natural History. iDigBio is an NSF-funded effort to enable digitization and online access to U.S. natural history collections. David is responsible for oversight of iDigBio operations, developing requirements, establishing goals, and coordinating activities. David also currently serves as the iDigBio Node Manager and as the GBIF Nodes Committee 1st Vice Chair.
David is trained as an industrial/mechanical engineer with nearly 30 years of experience in project design, management, and leadership spanning the aerospace, medical device, public utility, and higher education industries. David is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Florida and holds a Master's Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering with concentration in Engineering Management.
David was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He earned his bachelor's degree in Engineering with concentration in Systems Engineering from Harvey Mudd College (Claremont, CA). David started his career in the aerospace industry at Dowty Aerospace Los Angeles and J.C. Carter Company, where he led and managed design projects for hydraulic and fuel system components for commercial and military aircraft. After earning his master's degree from the University of Florida's Outreach Engineering Management Program (Gainesville, FL), David joined a late-stage start-up oral health care company, NovaMin Technology, where he founded the Product Development and Information Technology departments and directed the product realization process for medical devices and cosmetics. David then transitioned into the engineering consulting industry with CH2M Hill, where he led and managed multidisciplinary design teams for municipal water and wastewater treatment facilities. Most recently, David worked with Medical Device Technologies dba Angiotech where he led and managed multidisciplinary design projects for soft tissue biopsy instruments. David joined iDigBio as the Project Manager in 2012, leveraging his expertise in project management, knowledge management, and leadership.
David currently resides in Claremont, California, where he remotely manages, administers, and supports iDigBio. In his off time, David enjoys spending time with his wife and their two dogs and participating in favorite past-times, including swimming, hiking, and pétanque.