Roger Simpson

Roger Simpson

Title: President
Company: AUR Inc.
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia, United States

Roger Simpson, President of AUR Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in civil and mechanical engineering.

Dr. Simpson grew up in an impoverished neighborhood and learned early on that no opportunity should be wasted. He originally intended to attend the Naval Academy but his family could not afford to send him. Despite the setback, there was a silver lining and he was still able to attend college. He enrolled at the University of Virginia and earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering in 1964. Following this, he earned a MSME from Stanford University in 1965, and a PhD from the institution in 1968.

In 1968, Dr. Simpson began working as a developmental engineer with GE before accepting a professorship at Southern Methodist University in 1969. He taught at the institution until 1983, where he then joined the faculty at the Virginia Polytechnic and State University as a Jack E. Cowling Professor of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering. In his career, Dr. Simpson has contributed to more than 300 articles in professional journals.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Simpson has created designs to prevent bridge scour, which is a cause of bridge failure. He hopes to have these designs implemented on a wide scale over the next few years. Throughout his career, he has maintained professional affiliation as a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and as a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Dr. Simpson has been featured among Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.

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