David Love, a chemist with the U.S. Army, is a native of Woodbudy, Connecticut and graduated from Wilby High School. Later, he attended Waterbury State Technical College where he received his associate's degree in chemical engineering and Central Connecticut State University where he earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry. He has a master's in business administration from Central Michigan University and is pursuing his master's in systems engineering at Johns Hopkins, with an expected graduation in 2018.

"It's important that we provide opportunity for young people who are underprivileged and are minority students," he said. "It's important that we continue to expose young minority students to STEM. If you aren't exposed to it, you don't know it's there. The more you expose them, the better the chance they will pursue it. That's my responsibility -- to expose young people to science."

"David Love is a wonderful person," said Mary McNally, a chemist that works with David. "He's the type of person that truly cares about you and how you're doing, not only from a career standpoint but actually how you're doing. He mentors you. He helps you not only with your job but with life. He brings smiles to people. He's a very uplifting person."

"Not only is David an exceptional chemist, but he's a true team player, a mentor, and a strong leader," said John Clayton, who supervises Love. "David excels in his day-to-day responsibilities, but he goes above and beyond to give back to the community, through his involvement with various STEM programs like Kids and Chemistry and through his mentorship to local students. What he does for the community is remarkable, and we're fortunate to work with such a compassionate person so engaged in the community."

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The Edgewood Chemical Biological Center is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to provide innovative research, development and engineering to produce capabilities that provide decisive overmatch to the Army against the complexities of the current and future operating environments in support of the joint warfighter and the nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.