David is an engineer, educator, consultant/businessman and conservationist. Dave spent several of his earlier years in the electronics/aerospace industry in the Massachusetts Greater Boston area. After a 13-year stint with Raytheon, Dave joined the faculty of Northeastern University on the Engineering faculty rising to a tenured position of Associate Professor of Computer Technology. During his time at the Northeastern University he developed an interest in Forensic Engineering. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and served as a Director and Vice President. Dave was is also a Fellow of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) where he served as Chairman of the E30 Committee on Forensic Sciences. Dave was a member of the Massachusetts of Professional Engineers (MSPE) where he served as a Vice President and President in the 1970’s. As of member of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), Dave served as a Director and a Vice President. He retired from Northeastern in 1997 to devote his time to consulting and to conservation work with the Trust.
In 1975, Dave formed an engineering consulting firm in Framingham that dealt with Occupational Safety and Health that ultimately led him into the Forensic Engineering area investigating accidents that were caused by electrical fires and explosions. He worked with both the defense and the plaintiff bars and with insurance companies over the years. During this time, Dave was a nationally recognized lecturer in occupational safety and health and forensic engineering.
Dave moved to Hopkinton in 1986 and immediately immersed himself in the community. He was elected to the Hopkinton Planning Board in 1990 for a five year term. He became familiar with the planning process and began to see that the town needed to preserve the rural character of the town by preserving the town’s open spaces that were rapidly disappearing. He resigned from the board in April 1995, just two months short of the end of his term, to found the Hopkinton Area Land Trust with four other residents of the town. The new Board of Directors of the Hopkinton Area Land Trust elected Dave to the Presidency. Little did he know that he would remain in this capacity for 24+ years.
As president, Dave guided the Trust to become a respected organization in the town, preserving approximately 1,100 acres of land either owned by the Trust or preserved by a Conservation Restriction owned by the Trust. After the Trust formed a search committee in 2013, to find a replacement, at Dave’s request, the Trust found a replacement in 2019. Dave stepped down as a Director in April 2019, and retained the presidency until the Annual Meeting in September 2019. When he stepped down from the Board, the Board elected him a Director Emeritus, where he serves as a consultant to the Board.
Dave moved to Arizona in May of 2019, for family and health reasons and continues to interact with the Board via email, telephone and Skype video conferencing.