Dr.   David     Simmons

Dr. David Simmons

Assistant Professor
Department of Polymer Engineering
Phone: 330-972-6675
Email: dsimmon@uakron.edu

The Simmons Research Group Website



  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin (2009)
  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Florida (2005)


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Polymer Engineering, University of Akron, Akron, OH (January 2012 - present)
  • National Research Council Postdoctoral Associate, Polymers Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (2010 - 2011)
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (2002 – 2005)
  • Summer Engineering Intern, Innovia, LLC, Miami, FL (2004 & 2005)
  • Summer Engineering Intern, Syntheon, LLC, Miami, FL (2000 & 2001)
  • Intern, University of Miami Cardiovascular Engineering Laboratory, Miami, FL (1998-2000)

Selected Honors and Awards

  • William M. Keck Foundation research grant recipient, 2013.
  • Most outstanding poster in Materials Science, 2011 Sigma Xi NIST poster competition
  • National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2010 – 2011
  • Finalist, Frank J. Padden Jr. Award for Excellence in Polymer Physics Graduate Research (2009)
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention (2005 – 2006)

Research Interests

The Simmons group employs theory, molecular simulation, optimization methods, and machine learning to advance the understanding and design of polymers and other advanced soft materials. Specific areas of interest include:

  • Computational design of polymers with targeted glass formation behavior integrating genetic algorithms, molecular simulation, machine learning, and high-throughput experiments
  • Physics of the glass transition
  • Dynamic and mechanical properties of nanostructured polymers
  • Design principles for advanced molecular additives for use in polymers
  • Molecular strategies for enhanced toughness and dynamic mechanical response in elastomers

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