David Beener’s college career at UIC began after spending 5 years working full-time as a draftsman and engineering technician with Federal Signal Corporation. He soon realized continuing his education with an engineering degree was in order, and began his studies at Moraine Valley Community College before transferring to UIC. Initially enrolling in Chemical Engineering, his continuing interest in electronics led him to change his major to BioEngineering. David graduated with a BS in BioEngineering in 1991 in the midst of a bleak job market and spent 9 months working as a dispatcher with the UIC Police Department prior to employment with the Illinois EPA Bureau of Air as a Field Inspector. The next 14 years David worked in the petroleum industry doing multi-media environmental compliance work. In 2008, he left his position as Senior Environmental Advisor at the ExxonMobil Corporation Joliet Refinery to open his private law practice.
David earned his Master’s in Environmental Engineering from IIT in 1997 and his J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent Law School in 2001. He is a licensed P.E. in Illinois and a registered Patent Attorney with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. David continues another 2 years as a Member-at-Large for the UIC EAA, chairing the Communications Committee and serving as our website administrator. He has spent the last two years updating and refining the UICEAA.com web site and other social media. He has no remaining interest in pursuing higher education unless it pertains to the craft beer industry. David enjoys family time, woodworking, playing guitar, gardening, and cooking, in addition to mastering his own wine and craft beer creations.