Awards, Hires, & Contributions

Pennsylvania State University recently announced that engineering professor Timothy W. Simpson, Ph.D. (NY D ’94), has been awarded the 2014 Ben C. Sparks Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The Sparks Medal recognizes service to engineering education through “innovative, authentic, practice-based engineering design/build experiences to undergraduate students.” Dr. Simpson “was honored for his numerous contributions to engineering education while he served as director of the Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory from 2007 to 2012.”

Under his leadership the Learning Factory “became the largest college-wide capstone design program in the United States.” Currently, he also serves as co-director of the Engineering Design and Optimization Group Laboratory and co-director of the Center for Innovative Materials Process through Direct Digital Deposition. Read more


Kevin A. Boles, NV A 2013, was hired in December as a project engineer for Linchpin Structural Engineering (CA). He recently received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). Boles participated in many structural performance simulations while assisting in the Large Scale Structures Laboratory at UNR. Click here for his CV


On a recent episode of Here & Now from WBUR Boston (MA), Robert A. Gonsalves, Ph.D. (MA D ’56), was profiled and interviewed to highlight his contributions of fixing NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, which launched twenty years ago. Dr. Gonsalves is an emeritus professor of engineering at Tufts University. Read the transcript for more details on how he used his expertise in digital image processing to help NASA correct the lenses of the Hubble.



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