David Hand began his professional affiliation with Michigan Tech in 1982 as an assistant research engineer at the Environmental Engineering Center for Water and Waste Management. In 1984 he became a research engineer, and in 1987 a senior research engineer. In 1992 Hand became an assistant professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and was promoted to associate professor in 1996. He served as program manager for the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Center for Clean and Industrial Technologies from 1997-2001. In 2003 he was promoted to professor, and currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental engineering. He became chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2011.