Dr. McWhorter earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry (with Brooks H. Pate) from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in Chemistry from Washington and Lee University. As a Principal of Catalyst Partners, work focuses on helping clients navigate US Department of Homeland Security’ (DHS; especially the SAFETY Act) and helping DHS navigate his clients. Dr. David McWhorter spent over seven years at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC).  Most recently he served as the deputy project leader for IDA on the DHS SAFETY Act (the Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act of 2002).  In this position he led the technical evaluations of anti-terrorism products and services across a broad spectrum of countermeasures for chemical, biological, explosive, nuclear, cyber and human threats, including services.  He was also instrumental in the implementation of the SAFETY Act including orchestrating the creation of the evaluation process, the drafting of the application kits, and the coordination of several government procurements, and the identification of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). In 2007, Dr. McWhorter became a member of the US Chamber of Commerce’s SAFETY Act committee, and in 2008 he was appointed to the Executive Board of NDIA’s Homeland Security Division.

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