David Lao


Also: US Advisor
B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Washington, Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Washington, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

David developed a passion for science and mathematics from watching episodes of Bill Nye the Science Guy on PBS when he was growing up. The strong desire to pursue a STEM education led him to his engineering degree, chemistry doctorate, and postdoctoral research position. His fourteen years of chemical research includes development of communication materials and processes for producing value added chemicals. While chemical research has always been an important part of his life, David’s heart was drawn to science education because he believes it is the means to have a greater positive impact on the world. Prior to joining EPS, David taught college chemistry courses. He began his teaching career as a chemistry instructor at South Seattle College where he was also a math and science tutor in the Upward Bound program. Most recently, he was a visiting assistant professor at Pacific Lutheran University. David was drawn to EPS for the opportunity to educate and prepare students in STEM fields, the small class sizes for individualized instruction, and its commitment to building a strong inclusive community. He hopes that his research and teaching experience will inspire students to be critical problem solvers and lifelong learners in their future academic, professional, and personal pursuits. Outside of the classroom, David enjoys bouldering, lifting weights, watching sports, and spending quality time with friends, family, and his greyhound Heisenberg (named after German quantum physicist Werner Heisenberg).