The NAI fellows selection committee and board of directors cited Simpson for “a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.”
Named an ORNL Corporate Fellow in 2014, Simpson is a Battelle Memorial Institute Distinguished Inventor and was 2009’s UT-Battelle Distinguished Scientist. He is also a fellow of the IEEE, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Simpson has published more than 160 refereed journal papers that have been cited more than 11,500 times, and has been awarded 35 patents.
Simpson leads the Nanofabrication Research Laboratory in the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at ORNL and is a professor in the departments of Material Science and Engineering and Energy Science and Engineering at the University of Tennessee (UT). He is assistant director of the UT-ORNL Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education.
Simpson will be inducted as an NAI fellow during the academy’s annual conference in Washington, D.C. in April.