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 an incoming faculty member at Purdue University in Mechanical Engineering; his lab is in the Birck Nanotechnology Center. Currently, David is a PostDoc jointly with Menachem Elimelech and Jaehong Kim at Yale, where he does research on photocatalytic membranes and nanofiltration. David completed his PhD at MIT with Professor John Lienhard. Mentoring students is a priority for David, including for undergrad and graduate students. David is a coauthor of over 30 completed or ongoing conference and journal papers, and 16 patent applications. David has also cofounded Coolify, a national-award winning startup providing cold storage to the developing world, and has consulted for numerous other startups.
Some of David’s notable awards include best mentor of undergraduates at MIT (2015 Outstanding UROP Graduate Mentor), first place in a national entrepreneurship competition ($100k Agriculture Innovation Prize), an award for highest GPA in his Masters program, and the 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 reverse osmosis, membrane distillation desalination, heating and air conditioning systems, 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, Pareto Energy, AquaOne, and is currently CTO of Coolify.