David Guerra, Ph.D. is in his third year as Saint Anselm's NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) in 2018-19. As a FAR, Guerra helps to ensure academic integrity and compliance in the athletic department, serves as a liaison between the department and the college's administration and is committed to providing student-athletes with a positive experience.
Now in his 20th year on the Hilltop, Guerra is a Professor of Physics with research interests in remote sensing. During his time at Saint Anselm College, he has conducted research in instrument development and the analysis of data gathered with his and other environmental sensors. With support through a NASA Cooperative Agreement from 1999-2002, Guerra helped develop a novel Holographic Based Lidar (laser radar) system, which was operated from the roof of Goulet Science Center for several years. In recent years, from 2011-2016, he has developed algorithms and applied them to the study New Hampshire's ecosystems through a statewide National Science Foundation (NSF) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) grant.
Guerra graduated from Middlebury College in 1986 with a degree in physics. He went on to earn his M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from The American University. Guerra was also a National Research Council (NRC) postdoctoral researcher at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in 1993 and was a NASA research fellow in 1996 and 1997.
An athlete himself, Guerra played four years of football and lacrosse in high school before playing four years of football and one year of lacrosse at the collegiate level. He was a team captain and MVP in both football and lacrosse in high school.
Guerra also has coaching experience at the Bullis School in Potomac, Md. There, he was an assistant JV football coach from 1986-90, the head varsity lacrosse coach from 1986-88 and an assistant varsity lacrosse coach from 1988-90.
Guerra and his wife, Megan, have three children, Abby, Sophie and Nicolas. Abby is a senior at Saint Anselm in 2018-19.