Professor David Clark has always been intrigued by the way people learn. Clark's commitment to learning has motivated him to help develop and build science and engineering programs at SUNY New Paltz and abroad.
Thirty-five years ago, "New Paltz had just been organized into a four-year college and it looked like it had a bright future," said Clark. "I wanted to help develop and build mathematics, science and engineering."
Clark helped establish the School of Science and Engineering and organized a colloquium series, which hosts five speakers each academic year.
"The colloquium series brings together faculty, students, and community members, building New Paltz as a center for scientific activity," said Clark.
During his 35 years at New Paltz, Clark has contributed immensely to the college, as well as other colleges. Clark has taken four sabbaticals to conduct research and teach in Germany, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Portugal and England. He even helped found a small college in Athens, Greece--New York College, a partner institution of New Paltz.
Clark continues to expand programs at New Paltz. He helped to establish an environmental science major and is leading a team of faculty to create an environmental studies minor.
Influences: Albert Einstein; his parents, who encouraged him; and Trevor Evans, his Ph.D. thesis advisor.
Hobbies: Rock-climbing, hangliding and amateur astronomy. He has an observatory at home that he invites students to visit