David L. Caruso, STC Associate Fellow, currently serves as a senior health communication specialist and program coordinator for the oil and gas safety and health program within the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Since 2002 he has been helping NIOSH disseminate its research to employers and workers to help make their workplaces safer and healthier.
David joined STC while still in graduate school at Carnegie Mellon where he went on to earn a Master of Arts in Professional Writing in December 2001. He attended his first STC conference (later renamed STC Summit) in 2004 in Baltimore. David quickly became a “regular” at the conference having only missed one in the past 15 years. In 2005 he connected with the Information Design and Architecture SIG and served as a volunteer. He would eventually manage that SIG until it was dissolved. He also volunteered as a proposal reviewer and program committee member in 2007-2008. Next, David turned his volunteering efforts to the local chapter in Pittsburgh where he served as VP and President. In 2015 he was invited to return to work on the program committee for the 2016 Summit. He then moved into the Program Chair role for the 2017 Summit and after the success of that event, was asked to serve as Conference Chair for the 2018 Summit held in Orlando.
David is also an active presenter, having spoken at Summit and regional STC conferences and chapter meetings on topics ranging from the origin of ideas to communicators in the Federal Government to his latest topic, “Become a Strategic Communicator 2020.” David currently lives in Denver, CO, where he is assisting the Rocky Mountain Chapter with its programs.