David is a scientist, teacher, inventor, and entrepreneur. He is motivated by what he sees as the biggest problems facing humanity: the nexus of energy, water, and food. David is currently a PostDoc in Professor Lienhard's research group at MIT, where he does research in efficiency and membrane fouling of the desalination technology membrane distillation. David enjoys teaching and mentoring students, and finds research opportunities with many undergraduate students. David is a coauthor of over 20 completed or ongoing conference and journal papers, and 13 patents. He completed his graduate studies at MIT and Cornell in a combined 3 years. David has also cofounded Coolify, a national-award winning startup providing cold storage to the developing world.
Some of David’s past awards include an award for highest GPA in his Masters program, first place in a national entrepreneurship competition ($100k Agriculture Innovation Prize), and best mentor of undergraduates at MIT (2015 Outstanding UROP Graduate Mentor), and a national dissertation award in water science (from UCOWR). Some of David’s interesting achievements include drawing against a chess grandmaster (Palatnik), and completing his Masters and PhD in a combined 3 years.
Work Experience and Patents
David has issued or submitted patents in membrane distillation desalination, geothermal cooling, hybrid vehicles, and wind turbines. Before MIT, David worked as an engineer at Arup creating energy models, designing heating and cooling systems, and performing sustainability analysis. David has worked for or consulted for several startups, including EcoVent, and Pareto Energy, and is currently CTO of Coolify.