Dave Baran is a 1983 graduate of Valparaiso University. Dave then attended Northwestern University and received a PhD in nuclear physics in 1989. Dave worked for one year at the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, CA primarily on development of hardware and software for various spacecraft. In 1991, Dave began a 13 year career with the New Brunswick Laboratory of the Department of Energy. While there, Dave traveled throughout the US specializing in safeguards and security of special nuclear material. He also made 13 trips to Russia as part of HEU (Highly Enriched Uranium) program, a joint cooperative agreement between the US and the Russian Federation. In 1994, Dave made a career change, attending Benedictine University to receive an alternate certificate in education, and became a high school physics teacher at Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox, Illinois. He is still there today, teaching AP physics, Physics Honors, and Engineering Physics. He also teachers College Physics, Physics laboratory, and Contemporary Physical Science at Benedictine University. He lives with his wife Jeannine, and three daughters Kate (Western Michigan University), Maggie (Downers Grove North high school), and Sarah (St. Scholastica school) in Woodridge Illinois.