15 - David Thomas
David Thomas
Height: 6-5
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Carlsbad, Calif.
High School: La Costa Canyon
Position: OH
Major: Physics and Mathematics
Team: Seaside Volleyball Club

2012: Played in 104 sets...200 kills...30 aces...121 digs...83 blocks...ranked second on the team in blocks, fourth in kills and aces, and fifth in digs...posted 14 kills and a .591 hitting percentage at Newbury (3/17)...tallied four aces against Wentworth (1/24) and Thiel (3/9)...collected nine digs versus Elmira (1/27)...registered six blocks against Thiel (3/9) and Medaille (4/6)...graduates ranked sixth in program history in block assists (224), seventh in total blocks (257), eighth in kills (845), ninth in hitting percentage (.281), and 10th in kills per set (2.67)...MIT Invitational tournament MVP.

2011: Played in 72 sets...221 kills...0.357 hitting percentage...85 digs...67 blocks...ranked third on the team in kills and blocks and fifth in digs...tallied 19 kills at Endicott (3/10)...had three aces against Endicott (3/10) and Wentworth (3/25)...collected 11 digs versus Wentworth (3/25)...recorded seven blocks against Philadelphia Biblical (4/2)...MIT Invitational Tournament MVP...three-time NECVA New England Division Player of the Week...NECVA New England first team all-division...NECVA first team all-conference...NECVA Championship All-Tournament Team...NECVA All-Academic Team.

2010: Played in 91 sets...269 kills...0.304 hitting percentage...22 aces...70 blocks...ranked third on the team in kills and fourth in blocks...recorded 17 kills at Endicott (2/21)...earned five aces at Southern Vermont (1/29)...had four digs versus Southern Vermont (1/29) and Newbury (4/9)...totaled nine blocks against Harvard (2/17)...two-time NECVA New England Division Player of the Week...NECVA New England second team all-division.

2009: Played in 50 sets...155 kills...37 blocks...23 kills against Emmanuel (3/19)...six digs at Springfield (1/20)...six blocks versus Johnson & Wales (3/11)...two-time NECVA New England Division Rookie of the Week...NECVA Rookie of the Week (3/23).

Off the Court at MIT: Majoring in physics and mathematics with a concentration in Portuguese...was a mathematics undergraduate researcher in the Department of Mathematics at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology where he performed combinatorics research focusing on a special case of Vizing's Conjecture (1968) under the direction of Professor Ron Holzman...was an astrophysics undergraduate researcher in Stubb's Group at the Harvard Laboratory of Particle Physics and Cosmology where he computed transmissions to factor out atmospheric attenuation from astrophysics data culminating in better measurement of dark energy constants...received fellowship from Universita delgi Studi di Perugia in Perugia, Italy to attend international mathematics program for top international and Italian students where he learned Lie Algebras and Representation Theory from Professor Nikolai Vavilov (St. Petersburg University) and Function Analysis from Vitali Milman and Yuli Eidelman (University of Tel Aviv)...served as tribune, chapter editor, webmaster, and social chairman of Sigma Chi...Student Entrepreneur in Residence at the MIT Trust Entrepreneurship Center where he is developing his start-up, Minglit.

Why I Chose MIT: I chose MIT because I LOVE adventure! MIT is the place where adventurous people combine to solve challenging problems and change the world. Attending MIT has allowed me to: make game winning plays for MIT's nationally ranked Men's Volleyball Program, learn mathematics and physics from the best in the world, travel around the United States and to Israel and Italy for research, and enjoy unsurpassed camaraderie provided by my team mates, my Sigma Chi brothers, and the greater beaver community. MIT and the MIT Men's Volleyball program are challenging. Brave young men enter ... and emerge as dynamic leaders.

High School: A 2008 graduate of La Costa Canyon High School...Science Olympiad regional finalist...Union Tribune scholar athlete...University of California – Eligibility in Local Context...Dale Carnegie – Outstanding Performance.

Club: Seaside Volleyball Club (one year), Epic Volleyball Club (two years)...silver medalist in 2008 Junior Olympics 18-Open.

Personal: Son of David and Valerie Thomas.