Tim Simpson receives ASME Design Theory and Methodology Award

October 26, 2022

By Sarah Small

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Tim Simpson, Paul Morrow Professor in Engineering Design and Manufacturing in the Penn State College of Engineering, has received the Design Theory and Methodology Award from the Design Engineering Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He was presented with the award at the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences on Aug. 15 in St. Louis. 

The award is given by the Design Engineering Division to “recognize sustained and meritorious contributions to research; education; service; training of researchers or practitioners; overall leadership in advancing the field; or any combination of these in the field of Design Theory and Methodology,” according to the ASME website. The award is given annually, and each recipient may only receive the award once. Any member of ASME may nominate someone for the award.

According to his nomination materials, Simpson has made significant contributions to the field of product family and product platform design, which involves the design and development of a group of products based on a common product platform to improve manufacturing operations. He has served as the primary investigator or co-primary investigator on projects with $27.8 million, and he has engaged more than 40 companies in his research and educational activities. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed journal papers and 250 refereed conference papers, and he has given more than 150 invited seminars and talks at universities, companies and government agencies. Through his education- and outreach-related activities, Simpson has helped train more than 1,500 industry practitioners in the areas of design innovation, product development and advanced manufacturing.

Simpson holds a joint appointment in mechanical engineering and industrial and manufacturing engineering as well as faculty affiliations in the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs, The Department of Architecture in the College of Arts and Architecture and the College of Information Sciences and Technology.   


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