An Iowa native, David earned an Associate of Science degree from Iowa Western Community College in 1977 and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri in 1979. After graduation, he spent 4 years employed at Streck Laboratories, Inc. in Omaha, NE working in product development and quality assurance. He left that position to attend graduate school in chemistry at Kansas State University in 1983. David earned his doctorate degree in analytical chemistry in 1987, beginning a position as an Assistant Professor appointment at Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University) that same year. While at Truman, David spent a summer in 1999 as a visiting research faculty member at Texas A&M University in the lab of Professor David Russell. He was appointed Professor in 2000 at Truman State and recently served for 3 ½ years as the Chemistry Department Chair until July 2016. He chose to retire from Truman State University after 29 years in order to pursue a position with greater focus on teaching.
David has worked with more than 150 students in a variety of undergraduate research projects. These efforts have resulted in a number of publications and presentations coauthored with undergraduate students. He is a long-time member of the American Chemical Society, having served on 3 different ACS examination committees. He is also an active member of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy, having been a local section office for more than 25 years. He also was a recent chair of the National Awards Committee for the SAS and is currently Chair-Elect of the Publications Committee, which oversees the journal Applied Spectroscopy. He is also a member of Alpha Chi Sigma professional chemistry fraternity and enjoys gardening and home brewing in his spare time.