You might be surprised to learn that David Statler’s interest in chemical engineering and solving problems was solidified during a sophomore English class at St. Marys High School in St. Marys, W.Va. An assignment to develop a resume and apply for a mock job opportunity as a research and development (R&D) chemical engineer with a local company, landed David a “mock job.” But this experience was enough for David to know that he wanted to develop processes and solve problems someday.
After high school, David was awarded numerous academic scholarships and attended West Virginia University Institute of Technology. He earned his bachelor of science in chemical engineering. He then attended West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va., and earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering. David took a sabbatical while at WVU to work at GE Plastics as an intern working on product development.
David landed a position at MATRIC in early 2008 as a research chemical engineer and project leader. In this role, he has the ability to truly solve problems. David said, “It’s not just identifying the solution, it’s taking it to the next level. Implementing it. Proving it!”
Today, David heads up a team of technicians, while also maintaining very strong relationships with his clients. He also represents MATRIC at national conferences. Most recently he presented on a panel titled, “Designing Sustainable Processes,” at the AIChE symposium in Houston, Texas.
And that’s not all.
When David’s not solving some of science and technologies most complex problems, he’s spending time with his family, and he’s running a small business. He and his wife are avid rock climbers, traveling as far as the Greek island of Kalymnos. He and his wife are also small business owners, founding and running Energy Rock Gym, a Charleston-area rock climbing establishment.
“MATRIC is a company that respects what you do both on and off the job,” David said. “The leadership has respect for flexibility, downtime, family and community.”