Distinguished Engineer Citations
Travis A. SimpsonDistinguished Engineer: 2006
Degree: Electrical Engineering – 1981
Citation at Time of Nomination in 2006
Travis Simpson was born at Johnson Air Force Base near Tokyo, Japan. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1981.
After graduation, Travis joined Schlumberger Well Services in Levelland, Texas as a Field Engineer. He progressed through several locations with Schlumberger, logging oil and gas wells, some in excess of 5 miles deep.
In 1989, Travis joined GE Medical Systems in Houston, Texas, where he served as Area Service Manager for several territories, including the Houston Medical Center. In 1993, he moved to Waukesha, Wisconsin to build and lead the Magnetic Resonance National Support team. In 1995, Travis was part of a core group that started a multi–vendor service business within GE. He progressed through several roles, eventually serving as Chief Operating Officer of GE Clinical Services.
In 2000, Travis joined Dell, Inc. where he has held a number of key positions, including VP, Sales and Service Operations, for the Corporate Business Group, a $6B/year sales segment. In this role, he was responsible for the customer experience of the Fortune 2000 customer base, including contracts, proposals, program and service management, and order management.
In 2005, Travis was tasked to start–up Dell’s newest manufacturing facility, located in Winston–Salem, North Carolina. At over 750,000 square feet, the facility is Dell’s largest and most technically advanced. As Vice President, Travis is responsible for all operational aspects of the North Carolina facility.
Travis serves on various boards, including the Forsyth Tech Foundation, North Carolina Zoological Advisor Board, and North Carolina Citizens Business, Inc. He was named as one of the "Ten to Watch" by the North Carolina Triad Business Journal and is a scholarship donor of the Red Raider Club. Travis’ recognitions include the Schlumberger Presidents’ Award, Dell Office of the Chair Award and Pursuit of Excellence Award – GE Medical Systems. He has served as the Chairman of the Asset Management Board for the First Lutheran Church in Austin and is now active in the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Greensboro, NC.
Travis and his wife, Carol, have two children, Courtney and Russell.
It is a privilege and a pleasure for Texas Tech University’s College of Engineering to select this outstanding alumnus for honor and recognition. Travis A. Simpson is declared a DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.