Christopher Ross Simpson was born and raised in Port Charlotte, FL. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Alabama in 2016. He was awarded a SMART scholarship from the Naval Air Warfare Center – Weapons Division, China Lake for his Ph.D. work. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at The University of Alabama and the current Secretary of the AIAA Space Operations and Support Technical Committee.
5-10 years: Christopher will complete his Ph.D. at The University of Alabama in May 2020 and begin working for China Lake. Christopher hopes to use his time at China Lake as an opportunity to advance his skills in trajectory optimization and precision targeting.
20-25 years: Christopher would like to lead a mission headed to the Moon or Mars. Ultimately, Christopher would like to lead the trajectory optimization and GNC group on the mission.
Research Timeline: ResearchTimeline-19Feb2018
Resume: (current as of February 26, 2019) Christopher R. Simpson – Resume
CV: (current as of April 02, 2018) Christopher R. Simpson – C.V.
His Ph.D. advisor: Dr. Charles O’Neill