Dave graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BEng (Hons) Electronic and Electrical Engineering degree in 1993, at which time he also received a Diploma in Industrial Studies for a successful completion of an industrial placement year at Dowty Aerospace Wolverhampton. Dave stayed at the University of Birmingham to pursue postgraduate research, and received his PhD in 1997 for research into “Binary Particle Interactions and Their Role in Short Channel MOSFETs”. Dave stayed at the University of Birmingham for a further two years as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, conducting research for the EPSRC sponsored project “Low Voltage Programming of EEPROMs: A Feasibility Study”, before finally leaving Birmingham in September 1999.
After a short period as a temporary experimental officer at the University of Wolverhampton, Dave was employed as a Lecturer in Specialist Engineering at the University of Wolverhampton in August 2000, progressing to Senior Lecturer in September 2007. During his time at the University of Wolverhampton, Dave was Award Leader for Electronics and Communications Engineering, and lectured in several subjects such as control engineering, signal processing, electrical circuit analysis, analogue electronics, hardware-based digital electronics, reliability of systems, first-year engineering mechanics, radar and electrical technology to foundation year students. Dave also worked on several KTP projects during his time at Wolverhampton, worked on four projects for the National HE STEM Programme, two of those projects as project lead, and had a successful MPhil completion in the area of accent conversion using digital signal processing techniques. Dave contributed to curriculum development at Wolverhampton, and produced several degree programmes for delivery at overseas partner institutions in Sri Lanka and Singapore. Subsequently Dave also acted as Award Leader for all the overseas engineering degree programmes that he had produced. After nearly 14 years at the University of Wolverhampton, Dave left in March 2014 to take on the role as Senior Lecturer in Mechatronics/Electro-Mechanics at Staffordshire University. In April 2018 Dave changed role to become Senior Lecturer in Robotics Engineering and Automation.
Dave has been a Chartered Engineer since 2003. Dave is a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). From September 2014 until September 2019 Dave was an External Examiner at Sheffield Hallam University, and in 2015 Dave was appointed as an Academic Accreditor for the IET. From October 2015 until December 2019 Dave was the Course Manager at Staffordshire University for the Engineering Provision at Asia Pacific University (APU) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In October 2019 Dave was appointed as an External Examiner at Teesside University.