From a desire to put his love of math to use by helping others, David selected to major in Civil Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana. Curious about graduate school, he applied and was accepted to a National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of Delaware the summer before senior year. His research project focused on the construction of a tied concrete arch bridge that was at the time being proposed over the Indian River Inlet in Delaware. Senior year found him taking advanced structural courses and gladly taking on the bridge design component of his group’s senior design project.
Those experiences culminated in him applying to the University of Notre Dame for Graduate School to pursue structural engineering. His admission included a full fellowship that allowed him to pursue a Master’s degree while researching and serving as a teaching assistant. He presented some of his thesis, titled Full-Scale Dynamic Characteristics of Tall Buildings and Impacts on Occupant Comfort, at the ASCE/SEI Structures Congress in 2007.
His research in Graduate School led him to Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Chicago to further pursue his interest in tall building design. In that challenging environment, he developed quickly and was provided the opportunity to contribute to landmark projects such as Trump Tower Chicago, the FBI Biometric Technology Center in West Virginia, NATO Headquarters in Belgium, 100 Mount Street in Australia, JTI Headquarters in Switzerland, the University of North Carolina Genome Science Building, and Ssiger International Plaza Phase II in China.
In 2012, David moved back to Maryland to be closer to where he grew up and joined SK&A DC. Since that time, he has been fortunate to work on numerous projects around the DC area, particularly several projects providing special resources to the local community: Ballou Senior High School, the John and Jill Ker Conway Residence (affordable housing for homeless veterans), Plaza West (affordable housing for grand families), Ingleside at Rock Creek Retirement Community, and the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA Redevelopment (housing for homeless women).
David is now serving as past-chair of the SEAMW YMG board after serving as chair last year and joining as a coordinator in 2014. He also now serves as SEAMW membership chair and has helped with the transition to the new organization management software, WildApricot. Last year, David joined the ASCE Wind Committee and the Performance Based Design Sub-Committee where he found himself again designing tall buildings.
David lives in Capitol Heights with his wife and two cats. He currently spends his free time reading, learning to play the guitar, visiting any venue with live music, and riding his motorcycle.
Dara Naderi, PE