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Associate Professor and Chair of Physics,
University of Houston – Clear Lake
David Garrison began his academic career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned his B.S. in Physics in 1997. During his course of study, he minored in Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Science and completed a concentration in Political Science. He then moved on to The Pennsylvania State University where he completed a Ph.D. in Physics in 2002. Upon matriculation, he accepted a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Houston – Clear Lake.
After serving as a visiting faculty member for one year, he was promoted to tenure-track. During his time in academia, Dr. Garrison earned several awards from organizations including NASA, the Institute for Space Systems Operations, The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Council of Graduate Schools and the Texas Educational Grid Project in addition to several internal grants and scholarships.
During his time on the faculty of UHCL, Dr. Garrison served as Chair of the Physical Science and Physics Programs and successfully developed and oversaw the approval of a revised Bachelors Degree in Physical Science, a Bachelors Degree in Physics, a Masters Degree in Physics, a Professional Masters of Physics sub-plan in Technical Management and a Collaborative Ph.D. Program in Physics. His research in computational and theoretical physics consists of work in Numerical Relativity and Cosmology.
David brings his talents as a teacher, administrator, problem solver and entrepreneur to many organizations, not just UHCL. As a teacher, he has changed the lives of hundreds of students by opening doors for them that they never thought possible. As an administrator, he works tirelessly to develop and run new programs such as the Physics BS, MS, PSM and Collaborative Ph.D. As a problem solver, he successfully navigates the roadblocks of bureaucracy and lack of resources in order to grow any organization of which he is a part. Finally as an entrepreneur, he developed Fast Financial Analysis.com and the UHCL Physics Department as start-ups using his hard work and imagination. He also serves on several advisory boards including: Latin Deaf Services, Inc., Space Center Houston and the investment board of the AUM Clean Energy Growth Fund.