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David Whelpley

Director - Operations


Office Location

440 Huntington Avenue
202G West Village H
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: David Whelpley, 202 WVH
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


David Whelpley is the Director of Operations for Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science. Whelpley, who has worked for the university since 1980, earned his Bachelor’s degree in 1987, Master’s Degree in 1989, and PhD in Law and Public Policy with a concentration in environmental policy in 2007, all at Northeastern University. Whelpley is the overseer of all research, teaching, and administrative buildings for CCIS at Northeastern. He takes pride in meeting Northeastern’s primary objective of providing a world-class education to all students. Whelpley, who is a LEED Accredited Professional, leveraged his personal interests in the environment and environmental issues and turned them in to a career. A native of Braintree, MA, Whelpley is excited to be a part of CCIS and Northeastern during a time of extraordinary innovation in the field of technology.


  • PhD in Law and Public Policy, Northeastern University
  • MA, Northeastern University
  • BS, Northeastern University

What are the specifics of your educational/career background?

I have been a staff member at NU since 1980. With a true passion for learning, I pursued academic objectives on a part-time basis, earning his BS in 1987, MA in 1989, and PhD in Law and Public Policy – with a concentration in environmental policy in 2007. I have expertise in space management, planning, and construction.

What are the key aspects of your role at Northeastern? What do you enjoy most about what you do?

As Director of Operations in CCIS, during a period of significant growth, I oversee all research, teaching, and administrative spaces within the College. I take pride in meeting our primary objective – proving a world-class education to all of our students – and the nexus between adequate facilities and this objective is clear.

What’s the most compelling thing to you about the work that goes on at CCIS?

Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the wave of the future and CCIS is leading the charge! It’s very exciting to be part of the College during this dynamic period.

Where did you grow up or spend your most defining years?

I grew up in Braintree, MA and currently reside in Scituate, MA.

What led you to work in your field and/or study at your college?

Many years ago I melded my personal interest in environmental issues into a potential career path. I studied under Professor Christopher J. Bosso and completed my PhD in 2007. In 2009 I became a LEED Accredited Professional and have a strong interest in applying these skill sets as we grow, build, and operate.