Prince George's Community College

Fall 2023

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About Dr. David Simpson

  • Ph.D., Applied Physics, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (2000).
  • M.S. (in progress), Space Systems Engineering, Johns Hopkins University.
  • M.S. Applied Space Weather Research, Catholic University (2024).
  • M.S., Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Purdue University (2019).
  • M.S., Applied Mathematics, Johns Hopkins University (1993).
  • M.S., Applied Physics, Johns Hopkins University (1990).
  • B.S., Physics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1984). Minor in mathematics.

I have taught physics as an adjunct faculty member at Prince George's Community College since 1991.

During the day, I work a research physicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, doing research in heliophysics (the physics of the electromagnetic and plasma environments of the Earth, Sun, and planets).

At NASA I have previously worked on (among other things):

I now work primarily on a computer model of the solar corona and solar wind, and on magnetometers for the HERMES instrument on the upcoming Lunar Gateway lunar space station. I've also been doing a bit of work with data from the magnetometer instrument aboard the Voyager I and Voyager II spacecraft.

Prior to NASA, I worked for a time on solar arrays and electric power systems for communications satellites at COMSAT Laboratories.

In my spare time I am a runner, bicyclist, amateur radio operator, occasional ballroom dancer, sing second bass in my church choir, and am fluent in the international language Esperanto. I plan to study for a graduate degree in classical studies in a few years, with a concentration in Latin and Greek.

I am a member of the following professional societies:

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