Kevin L. Simmons, Principal Investigator
Kevin L. Simmons is principal investigatorfor the WeissSat-1, the first middle school CubeSat launched into space in 2018 through NASA’s CubeSat Launch. Simmons is also the PI for a second NASA CubeSat and leads the Wolverine CubeSat Development team. He teaches Physics, Chemistry and Aerospace, and trained as a biochemist, with industry, military, and academia experience. He founded and leads BLUECUBE Aerospace, a small aerospace education company.
Prior to The Weiss School he spent six years as a fellow and contractor in the Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation. He is the current American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Palm Beach section Public Policy chair, and serves on the Business Development Board Engineering Task Force and the Palm Beach County STEM Education Council. Simmons is a 2009-2011 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow and is the recipient of the AIAA Foundation Educator Achievement Award, The NCASE Crown Circle Award for Aerospace Education, and the Alan Shepard Technology in Education award.
PROFESSIONAL HONORS and MEMBERSHIPS
- The National Space Club Florida Space Worker Hall of Fame, 2020
- Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at National Science Foundation, 2009-2011
- William T. Dwyer Award for Excellence in STEM Education, 2019
- The Engineers’ Council STEM Educator Award – National Engineers Week Banquet, 2018
- National Coalition of Aviation and Space Education Crown Circle Recipient, 2018
- American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Educator Achievement Award, 2017
- Certificate of Special Recognition from the United States Senate, 2017
- Alan Shepard Aerospace Technology in Education Award, 2008
- Space Foundation Teacher Liaison, 2007-present
- Northrop Grumman Weightless Flights of Discovery, 2006
- Embry Riddle Aeronautical University’s TeachSpace Program Graduate, 2005
- By-Laws Chairman, Member, Florida Association of the Gifted
- Educator Associate, Public Policy Chair, AIAA Cape Canaveral and Palm Beach Sections
- Member, AIAA STEM K-12 Committee – Community Engagement Working Group
- Member Engineering Task Force, Business Development Board – Palm Beach County, FL
- Member Palm Beach County STEM Education Council
- Lifetime Member, Missileers, Space, and Range Pioneers
- Space Station Ambassador, Member of Space Educator Association
“Blue-Sky Learning” with STEAM Tentacles by Kevin L Simmons. January 2018 STEAM Magazine
“Let’s Go to Space”: The Weiss CubeSat Development Team by Kevin L Simmons. January 2018 STEAM
Magazine https://www.aerospace-policy.org/communicate, 2018
Acute repeated nicotine injections increase enkephalin but not AP-1 DNA binding in rat adrenal. M
McMillian, P Hudson, K Simmons, D Dreyer, J Hone, K Pennypacker. Molecular Brain Research 1995
Vol.31, pg. 210-214
Dexamethasone and forskolin synergistically increase [Met5]enkephalin accumulation in mixed brain cell
cultures. Brain Research 1996 Aug 19; 730(1-2):67-74
Characterization of breast cancer for treatment and prognosis of the disease. (Abstract) K. Simmons,
NAAS/AJAS Directory and Proceedings, 1987. Poster presented at AJAS National Conference, Chicago,
Illinois, January 1987.
Estrogen and antiestrogen effects on breast cancer under “in vitro” and “in vivo” conditions. (Abstract)
TE Kute, R Long, K Simmons, San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, 1986.
The Weiss School commercial created by students to promote the launch of the WeissSat-1 in November 2018.
Weiss CubeSat Development Team
Information on the Weiss CubeSat Development team, including its history as well as its mission and purpose.