David is the research group leader in Renewable Materials Composites at the InnoRenew CoE. He received a Bachelor of Science in wood products processing and manufacturing from the Pennsylvania State University and his Master of Science and PhD in wood science from Oregon State University. David was an associate professor within the Wood Science and Technology program in the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources at West Virginia University (WVU) from 2009-2019 and still holds the position of adjunct associate professor of wood science and technology at WVU. Additionally, he is the current Past-President of the Forest Products Society.
In addition to his academic career, he has worked for PFS Corporation in Madison, Wisconsin, as a staff engineer researching engineered wood studs and joists and for TECO in Eugene, Oregon, as a staff scientist performing wood products research testing and analysis, field claim inspections, and a variety of technical duties.
His research focuses include: development of bio-based composite materials, biomass pre-processing and pelletizing, non-destructive material evaluation, and adhesion and structural properties of cross-laminated timbers. He teaches courses in sustainable construction, quantitative decision making, residential building materials, senior project research, and renewable materials marketing.