David S. Simmons is an Assistant Professor of Polymer Engineering at the University of Akron, where his work focuses on computationally-driven design of glass formation in polymers and other soft materials. Among other activities, Dr. Simmons is the lead-PI on a multi-investigator research grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation focusing on exploration and design of glass-forming material. Prior to beginning his time at the University of Akron, he engaged in postdoctoral research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology with support from an NRC postdoctoral fellowship. Dr. Simmons began his research career with internships in biomedical engineering startup companies and academic labs, where his work included biomedical device design, continuum fluid mechanics simulations, and polymerization reactor design and operation. He received a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, with theoretical work in the phase and conformational behavior of polymers and polyelectrolytes.