Aviation and aerospace education has been under my skin for a while.
I've built and flown model airplanes since I was in grammar school and taught model airplane building to
fourth, fifth and sixth graders when I was in high school. I finally got my private pilot's license a few years ago.
Shortly after 9/11, I became a volunteer with the US Civil Air Patrol, the civilian auxiliary to the US Air Force. I'm currently a 1st Lieutenant and the Aerospace Education Officer with the Lone Eagle Composite Squadron in New Jersey. My role is to make learning aviation theory and practice fun and interesting for the Cadets - the junior high and high school aged members.
Besides the Hydraulic Flight Simulator, I've designed and built numerous aerospace education devices and the accompanying lesson plans including those for the Internal Explosion Engine, the Tabletop R/C Trainer and the Tri-Axis Gyro Demonstrator.
Along with my work with CAP, I also developed and delivered a hands-one robotics workshop for the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey, a rocketry day and a robotics day for the Morris Area Girl Scout Council. In 2006, I coached Newark's East Side High School FIRST Robotics Competition team, which was awarded New Jersey's Topped Ranked Rookie that year.
I'm also the inventor of United States Patent 7,027,568, Simpson, et al., issued on April 11, 2006, entitled "Personal message service with enhanced text to speech synthesis", a technology for the wireless delivery of synthesized speech from text.