David Thompson holds the rank of professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and is the inaugural holder of the Airbus Helicopters, Inc. Professorship in Aerospace Engineering. From 2009-15, he served as an Associate Director in the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS) and the lead of the Computational Fluid Dynamics group. From 2015-17, he served as Special Assistant Vice President in the Office of Research and Economic Development. Prior to joining the ASE faculty, he was a member of the research faculty at the MSU NSF Engineering Research Center. His previous related experience includes a faculty appointment at the University of Texas at Arlington and, prior to that, industrial experience at the General Dynamics/Ft. Worth Division (now Lockheed Martin). He was selected as a Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellow for 2014-15.