David Shaw is the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Mississippi State University. He serves as the chief research officer for the university, and provides oversight for all aspects of research compliance. He is also the President of the MSU Research and Technology Corporation, and oversees the Thad Cochran Research, Technology, and Economic Development Park.
Dr. Shaw previously served as the Director of the Northern Gulf Institute, a NOAA Cooperative Institute, which is a collaboration led by Mississippi State University, partnering with the University of Southern Mississippi, Louisiana State University, Florida State University and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. The NGI's primary goal is to develop a research and transition program that fills priority gaps or reduces limitations in current awareness, understanding and decision support between upland-watershed systems and coastal waters, habitats, resources and hazards. All of this is in the context of developing more resilient communities and ecosystems. He also was director of the Geosystems Research Institute at MSU, a research and outreach institute focused on understanding Earth's natural and managed systems. The institute focused on spatial technology visualization of complex datasets, and computational modeling in agriculture, forestry, water resources, climate, weather, and oceanography.