Beyond the Van Wickle Gates
Alumni and alumnae of Brown who have served in the United States military, before, during, and/or after their time on College Hill.
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David Salsone '12.5
Oceanside, New York
United States Navy
Originally from Oceanside, New York, David enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 18 as an electronics technician. He spent the first two years of his career stateside (in the suburbs of Atlanta and Chicago) where he studied radar systems and telecommunications theory. He was then deployed to the kingdom of Bahrain where he specialized in engineering satellite networks for U.S. forces in the Middle East. During his six years of military service, David spent four years stationed in the desert and seven days on board an actual ship, earning him the coveted title of "Sand Crab." In his limited spare time, David studied economics at a local satellite campus of the University of Maryland University College (a building on base consisting of four miniscule classrooms). On January 21, 2009, David was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy and was admitted to Brown that fall.
David chose to continue his study of economics, complimenting his concentration with select courses from the sociology and engineering departments, and studying Hindi as a second language. During the summers, he has taken classes at Brown and worked in the financial services industry at William Blair in Chicago and Morgan Stanley’s Technology Investment Banking Division in California.
Outside of the classroom, David has participated in the Brown Outdoor Leadership Training (BOLT) Program and was a member of the Men's Crew Team. David served as the President and a founding member of the Brown University Student Veterans Society (BUSVS) and President of the Resumed Undergraduate Students Association (RUSA). He also served as the Student Coordinator for the Office of Student Veterans and Commissioning Programs and a Teaching Assistant for one of his favorite classes at Brown, Leadership in Organizations. He received a Joslin Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the University.