Dr. L. Bruce Simpson, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director, Directed Energy Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. The directorate, with nearly 600 people and an annual budget of approximately $130 million, provides pervasive, world-class directed energy and imaging research and technologies for users across the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Defense.
Dr. Simpson has more than 20 years of federal service with the balance of his time spent in the Air Force Research Laboratory?s Munitions Directorate. He culminated that time as the Technical Director for the Assessments and Demonstration Division, where he led the transition of many technologies from the laboratory into acquisition systems and ultimately into the warfighter?s hands.
Selected for the Senior Executive Service in 2003, Dr. Simpson came from Eglin AFB, Fla., where he was Deputy Manager of the Armament Product Group, responsible for directing and integrating the operational activities of 2,400 people at five operating locations, including a $62 billion armament inventory and an annual expenditure of $1.2 billion. Prior to his current position, he was Director, Special Projects System Program Office at the Air Armament Center. As the Director, he was responsible for execution of highly classified, critical weapons systems acquisition.
1981 Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering, Auburn University, Ala.
1984 Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville
1988 Doctorate of Philosophy in engineering, Mississippi State University, Starkville
1. March 1981 - January 1985, aerospace engineer, Seek Eagle, Air Force Armament Laboratory, Eglin AFB, Fla.
2. January 1985 - January 1989, aerospace engineer, Computational Fluid Dynamics Section, AFAL, Eglin AFB, Fla.
3. January 1989 - May 1990, supervisory aerospace engineer and Chief, Computational Fluid Dynamics Section, AFAL, Eglin AFB, Fla.
4. May 1990 - April 1993, supervisory aerospace engineer and Chief, Aerodynamics Branch, AFAL, Eglin AFB, Fla.
5. April 1993 - May 1994, supervisory aerospace engineer and Chief, Aerodynamics Branch, Eglin AFB, Fla.
6. May 1994 - August 1999, supervisory general engineer and Technical Director, Assessment and Demonstrations Division, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB, Fla.
7. August 1999 - November 2001, Deputy Manager, Armament Product Group, Eglin AFB, Fla.
8. November 2001 - July 2003, Director, Special Projects System Program Office, Eglin AFB, Fla.
9. July 2003 - present, Director, Directed Energy Directorate, AFRL, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Distinguished Fellow, Mississippi State University, Starkville
Most Valuable Person, AFRL Munitions Directorate
Annual Technical Achievement Award, Air Force Systems Command
Annual Technical Achievement Award, AFRL
Quarterly Technical Achievement Award, AFRL
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Board Member, National Defense Industrial Association
System Planning, Research, Development and Engineering, Level III
Program Management, Level III
Test and Evaluation, Level I