Scott Simpkins is a member of the principal professional staff at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). He manages a diverse technical staff section, regularly serves as principle investigator for research and development projects and leads studies for a wide variety of organizations. Scott founded, and built the business model for, the Analytic Gaming activity at JHU/APL with a focus on senior decision-making facilitated by games. Scott’s products have provided evidence-based support for US policy, healthcare, cyber operations, nation building, interagency teaming and technology utility. He has served as a logistics officer in the active and reserve US Army filling command and staff assignments throughout the world. Military experiences from humanitarian missions to strategic planning bring a broad perspective to all of his interactions and decisions.
Scott holds a baccalaureate degree in mechanical engineering and master’s degrees in operations research and biomedical engineering. His professional life has included work in engineering, logistics, teaching, analysis, military service, healthcare and management with a focus on creating solutions to unique problems, enhancing existing systems and producing impactful results. Scott has published books and papers on a range of topics including statistical assessment, climate change, virtual reality and wargaming.
Always engaged in professional and community activities, Scott is an outdoor enthusiast, FIFA certified soccer referee, member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, community thought leader for professional gaming applications and regularly chairs working groups of the Military Operations Research Society. A father of five, he and his wife live and garden in Ellicott City, Maryland.