Biography of Patrick Simpkins
Director of Engineering
Dr. Patrick Simpkins is the director of Engineering at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In this position, Simpkins leads a group of engineers from multiple disciplines in the design, development and operations of spaceflight hardware and ground systems assigned to the Kennedy Space Center.
Simpkins began his NASA career in 1983 as a space shuttle environmental controls and life support systems engineer and served in various roles of increasing responsibility in the Space Shuttle Program for 15 years. After completing the Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program, he worked in the Office of Human Capital Management at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he led a variety of agency-level HR information management initiatives, including personnel administration and competency management. Upon his return to Kennedy as NASA's Director of Human Resources, Simpkins successfully led the design, development and implementation of the reorganization of the spaceflight engineering workforce at Kennedy, the first of its kind at Kennedy in over 40 years, resulting in providing technical excellence to NASA spaceflight programs and expanding Kennedy's normally ground-based role into spaceflight hardware design and operations.
Simpkins has been a recipient of a number of awards and leadership development programs throughout his career. He was selected to the Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program, graduated from the Human Resources Executive Program at the University of Michigan, and was a Harvard Senior Executive Fellow. Awards have included the NASA astronauts' Silver Snoopy Award, the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, and the President's Meritorious Rank Award.
Simpkins holds a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla.; a master's in human resource management from the Florida Institute of Technology; and a doctorate in business administration from Nova Southeastern University. Simpkins and his wife Beth, his high-school sweetheart, and their son, Dainius, reside in Merritt Island, Fla.
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