David Schultz was named Director of the Universities Research Association’s Sandia Site Office in January 2021. Prior to his appointment at URA, Dr. Schultz was Vice President for Research at Northern Arizona University (NAU) where he led NAU’s research enterprise, with administrative responsibility for the university’s Office of Sponsored Projects, Office of Research Compliance, and intellectual property management and commercialization unit, NAU Innovations.

Prior to NAU, Dr. Schultz served as the Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation at the University of North Texas (UNT) and previously as Chair of the UNT Physics Department.  Earlier in his career he served as a Research Professor at the University of Tennessee and as Group Leader of Atomic Physics at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) where he led and managed research programs for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences and Office of Fusion Energy Sciences.

Dr. Schultz is an accomplished and highly published theoretical physicist, a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and of the Institute of Physics in the United Kingdom.  He is past chair of the APS Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics. He received his B.A. in physics from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Missouri, Rolla.