Technology Today

2010 Issue 2

BJ Simpson

Engineering Profiles

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Hector Reyes
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Jeff Hoffner
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Al Coit
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Jean Huie Imholt
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BJ Simpson
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Engineering Profiles

BJ Simpson Intelligence and Information Systems Senior Principal Software Engineer

BJ Simpson has spent more than 30 years as a technol­ogy leader and innovator at Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems and its legacy companies. Currently a senior principal software engineer at IIS, he is the principal investigator for the newly formed Informatics and Knowledge Analytics Technology Center, which allows him to direct application of knowl­edge discovery and management technologies toward our customers’ ever-changing problems.

“I have always had an interest in following new technology, and do a lot of reading and research on my own time,” Simpson said. “What excites me most in my job is the ability to continually work with cutting-edge technology, and to col­laborate with technical experts across Raytheon, academia and commercial companies.”

Simpson was first drawn into these current areas of interest in the early days of the World Wide Web, when he was part of a proposal demon­stration. Following that effort and working for programs that allowed him to apply these new techniques, he was assigned to develop advanced concepts and identify emerging technologies for insertion into programs. This path now allows him to continually investigate and apply new technology in Raytheon and customer-funded research, proposals and ongoing programs.

There are several challenges to working with emerging technologies, according to Simpson. One involves balancing near-term business demands with longer term technology devel­opment to prepare for the future. “With the current pace of change in technology, new concepts and technologies emerge seemingly daily,” Simpson said. “We need to balance that with maintaining ongoing communications with commercial vendors and universities as well as our internal business development and program customers.”

Simpson received a bachelor’s degree in com­puter science from The Pennsylvania State University.