Our BoardCommNexus is a non-profit organization that is member supported. We rely on the sponsorship of industry companies, along with the participation of individuals from our community, to assist us in helping the San Diego technology community. Our Board of Directors is comprised of representatives from our sponsor companies and industry advisors.
At the heart of EvoNexus is a driven team working tirelessly to ensure EvoNexus provides startups with the support and opportunities needed to prosper and pioneer the future of technology.
Director-Elect, Senior VP & Chief Scientist, Cubic / Director-Elect, EvoNexus Board of Directors
David Whelan is senior vice president and chief scientist. Whelan is responsible for establishing
product line technical strategies across Cubic’s two business units to drive our overall growth
strategy. He will also collaborate with Cubic’s innovation, strategic, business and technical
leaders to produce innovative and cost-effective technical solutions for new and/or improved
products to enhance Cubic’s technology portfolio.
Throughout his career, Whelan has successfully led and directed cross-functional portfolios of
multi-billion-dollar projects in both the public and private sectors. He has transitioned
technologies to enable breakthrough artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities for Unmanned Aerial
Vehicles, Unmanned Submarines, Space-based Surveillance and Robotic Satellite Servicing. He
has also contributed to applied research in Quantum technologies for miniature atom-based
clocks, computing, gravimetry and inertial sensing, enabling the resilient
navigation/positioning/timing of multiple GPS systems.
Prior to Cubic, Whelan served as the vice president of engineering and chief technologist for
Boeing where he created growth strategies, oversaw profit and loss (P&L) and guided research
and development budgets for new products. He also served as director of the Tactical
Technology Office (TTO) at the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) as well as
acting director for the Sensor Technology Office (STO).
Whelan is currently a Professor of the Practice, Electrical and Computer Engineering at the
University of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. Additionally, he serves as the
chairman of the board for AOSense, Inc, a quantum sensing company and is a member of the
National Academy of Engineering (NAE).
He earned his bachelor's degree in Physics from UC San Diego and holds a master's and Ph.D. in
Physics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He was elected to the National Academy
of Engineering in 2007, a section of the National Academy of Science, Engineering and