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David worked for Marconi Electronic Devices Ltd (MEDL) as an integrated Design Engineer before obtaining his first degree (BSc Hons. 2.i Electronic Engineering and Management Science, 1989) at Keele university before returning to work at MEDL. He returned to Keele to commence on an MSc in Optical Data Recording in which he obtained a distinction before doing a PhD in electronics (photonics). During this time he was Warden of Horwood hall of residence as well as an assistant lecturer where he taught all things electronic from audio to biomedical. David became involved with the RFID group and delivered workshops in the US as well as at home and in Europe. He was also involved with consultancy for the International Post Corporation which saw him travel all over Europe for two years.
In 1997 he move to Birmingham and joined UCE (BCU) as a lecturer. David contributed to the Electronics programme and soon became Assistant Centre Manager and then Centre Manager for the Centre of Electronics and Software having been a Course Director for multiple courses. In 2009 he became Deputy Head of School for Computing, Telecommunications and Networks until 2015. His keen interest in teaching focused on his musical interests in audio electronics and his recent direction in his research on composite materials for brasswind instruments.
Lately, David has published on composite trumpets and has been awarded STEAM development funding in conjunction with the Royal Conservatoire to investigate 3D modelling of period instruments. He is a member of the programme committee for EVA London 2018.
In his spare time David plays the trumpet in orchestras and wind bands.