Kevin L. Simmons is a professional educator, author, principal investigator, and Congressional advocate. He founded BLUECUBE Aerospace, Inc., co-created the Aerospace and Innovation Academy, Inc. (AIA), and currently leads the Wolfpack CubeSat Development Team (WCDT) in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. While integrating entrepreneurship into his classes, Simmons is also the “Techie” side of the AIA’s “Techies and Talkies.” He is Principal Investigator for WeissSat-1 and CapSat-1, CubeSat missions selected by NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) in 2017 and 2019. He led the first middle school team to launch a CubeSat on December 3rd, 2018 and his WCDT was the only K-12 entity selected nationwide by the 2019 CSLI. He is trained as a biochemist, and has worked in industry, military and academia.
Simmons completed two years as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow and four years as a senior policy analyst in the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Directorate. There he focused on industry-university partnerships and the SBIR program. He is the current American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Palm Coast section Public Policy chair and for several years was Florida’s team captain for the AIAA Congressional Visits Day. Simmons recent and national-level awards include the National Space Council Space Worker Hall of Fame, AIAA Foundation Educator Achievement Award, Dwyer Award for Excellence in STEM education, National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education Crown Circle Award, National Engineering Week STEM Educator Award, and Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award. He has Biochemistry and Chemistry degrees from North Carolina State University and has completed masters level classes in Aerospace Science.
Areas of Presentation Specialization
- Aerospace Education
- CubeSats, High Altitude Balloons
- CubeSats as a Disruptive Education Tool
- Formation of the Wolfpack CubeSat Development Team
- An Authentic Aerospace Middle School Science Program
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Available for In-Person Presentations: Yes, with travel compensation.
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