Troy Simpson joined IALR in July 2018 as Director of the newly added Advanced Manufacturing division. This division works with Danville Community College (DCC) to produce a work-ready talent pipeline of skilled machinists through the existing Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining located at IALR. Simpson brings 27 years of experience from DCC, where he led the curriculum development and implementation for advanced manufacturing. Prior to his time at DCC, he worked in design, tool and die making, and machining for the public and private sectors. Simpson has formed many industry partnerships that have resulted in more than $3 million of support for advanced manufacturing programs. He also has successfully managed more than $8 million of federal, state, and local grants to support these programs. Simpson spearheaded the development of DCC’s Metrology program and the Capstone program at IALR’s Haas Center, which has been recognized nationally as a benchmark model. He serves as the chair of the Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center advisory board and advises other manufacturing programs.
Director of Advanced Manufacturing