Heads of House Claudia and Dave Darmofal

Clauda and Dave have been Warehouse Heads of House since August 2017.

Claudia grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from James Madison College of Michigan State University and obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit School of Law.   She has concentrated her practice in the areas of estate planning and estate administration.  In 2023 she joined MIT's Scheller Teacher Education Program/The Education Arcade lab as an administrative assistant in the Department of Comparative Media Studies/Writing. 

Claudia enjoys traveling, cooking, and enthusiastically rooting for the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox. 

Dave also grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, but did not meet Claudia until graduate school.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan, and his Master’s and PhD from MIT.  He joined the MIT faculty in 1998.  His interests include computational fluid dynamics; aerodynamics; and, improving engineering education.  He teaches a variety of courses in fluid dynamics and numerical methods at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Dave enjoys playing music (piano, guitar, and singing), cooking, jogging, hiking, fishing, and sailing.  And, he is also a huge New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox fan!  

Dave and Claudia have two daughters.  Madison graduated from MIT in 2019 and is a now a doctoral student in the Tri-Institutional PhD Program in Computational Biology and Medicine of Weill Cornell Graduate School in New York City. Abigail graduated from the University of Michigan in 2020 in computer science, and she is now working at Bank of America and also living in New York City.

They also have a four year old German Short-haired Pointer, Cooper, who enjoys playing fetch, watching birds and bunnies, and going for canoe rides.


The entire family.  May 2020.

The real MIT "Coop".  July 2020.