David is an internationally recognized authority on industrial laser materials processing and has been actively involved in this technology for more than 30 years. His consulting business, Belforte Associates, serves clients interested in advanced manufacturing applications. David holds degrees in Chemistry and Production Technology from Northeastern University (Boston, MA). He conducted basic studies in material synthesis for high-temperature applications and has held increasingly important positions with companies involved with high-technology materials processing. He co-founded a company that introduced several firsts in advanced welding technology and equipment. David's career in lasers started with the commercialization of the first industrial solid-state laser and a compact CO2 laser for sheet-metal cutting. For several years, he led the development of very high power CO2 lasers for welding and surface treating applications. In addition to consulting, David is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Industrial Laser Solutions magazine and contributes to other laser publications, including Laser Focus World.