Howard Simpson, Pioneer in Structural Engineering Dies at 97


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Howard Simpson, a founder and first president of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH), died on January 23, 2020. Dr. Simpson established SGH in 1956 along with Frank Heger and Werner Gumpertz. His expertise in structural engineering and mechanics as applied to precision structures – such as radars, antennas, and radio and optical telescopes. He also developed computer models of significant structures which led SGH to quickly become one of the leading firms for solving complex engineering problems in structural mechanics. Dr. Simpson’s outlook strongly contributed to the company’s success during his tenure as SGH’s first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from 1983 to 1995 and as the head of the firm’s Engineering Mechanics division until 1989.

“Howard Simpson set the standard for SGH. His critical thinking, technical expertise, and leadership were guideposts for SGH for his entire career and continue to inspire us today,” said Charles Russo, SGH CEO and Senior Principal.

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