NMAS Board Election – 2023 Office

Candidate biography

Vice-President – David Schultz

Dave is a member of the executive team of Universities Research Association (URA), a group of more than 90 universities founded in the 1960’s to operate laboratories in the national interest and director of URA’s Sandia Site Office, which supports in a variety of aspects Sandia’s science and engineering groups and reports to Sandia’s Chief Research Office.

Before joining URA, he served as Vice President for Research at Northern Arizona University, with responsibility for the university’s office of sponsored projects, office of research compliance, and intellectual property management organization, and was a faculty member in the Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science and Department of Applied Physics and Materials Science. He also served prior to that as Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University of North Texas, where he was first chair of the Department of Physics when arriving at UNT.

He started his career as a researcher and research manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he also held an appointment as Research Professor at the University of Tennessee.

Dave is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and has served APS in a variety of roles such as member of its Council of representatives and Chair of the Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics. He has served on many advisory and review committees such as the National Research Council’s Committee on Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Sciences and as a consultant to the International Atomic Energy Agency. His research interests are in atomic physics, particularly as applied in plasma science and astrophysics, and his research and that of his research groups have been supported by the US Department of Energy, NASA, NSF, and other agencies. With an h-index of 41, he is author of 220 scholarly publications.

Personal statement
It would be an honor to serve the Academy, its members, educators, students, and other New Mexico stakeholders. I certainly understand the central importance of STEM education and workforce development to the state’s economy and citizens’ wellbeing, as well as the social and cultural enrichment flowing from the “ecosystem” of schools, institutions of higher education, laboratories, businesses, stage agencies, and society. I would be glad to partner with these New Mexico constituencies to help advance the Academy’s mission in science education, cooperation, and public awareness, and in providing relevant informed and unbiased advice regarding science and STEM education.


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