The David Simons Endowment was established, through the University System of Maryland Foundation, Inc. in August 1999 by Michael Herson '72, in memory of David Elie Simons. At the request of the donor, the Fund was transferred to the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, Inc. in February 2001. Spendable Income from the David Simons Endowment supports annual awards for electrical engineering students.
Michael Herson, a 1972 graduate of the College of Engineering, established an endowed fund at the University of Maryland, College Park, in memory of David Simons. As both an alumnus and a faculty member, David Elie Simons was a valued member of the University of Maryland family. In 1949 he received his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, and his M.S. in electrical engineering from the University in 1950. From 1950 to 1961 David Simons was an assistant professor of engineering at the University. In 1961 he became an associate professor of electrical engineering and continued to serve his alma mater in that capacity until his retirement from the University in 1985. During his tenure he was a member of the faculty senate, an advisor to the student chapter of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and made faculty teaching assignments for the Department of Electrical Engineering. David Simons was the recipient of numerous professional awards from both students and colleagues.
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