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Christopher Simpkins is a Senior Software Engineer at IBM in The Weather Company business unit where he leads a team of software engineers re-engineering services to the cloud native stack on IBM Cloud and AWS, and works with the Analytics team writing big data processing in Apache Spark. Prior to joining IBM, Dr. Simpkins was a Research Scientist at Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and a Lecturer in the College of Computing where he taught machine learning, data science, and software design and development courses. He has taught professionally as a classroom instructor, a scuba instructor, a youth wrestling coach, and an Air Force instructor pilot. An experienced software engineer, he has built and delivered single-user and enterprise-scale software into production in industry, academic, government, and applied research settings in roles from junior engineer to lead architect. He has performed fundamental research in AI/machine learning, programming languages, and software engineering, and applied machine learning to text analysis, radio emitter identification, automated antenna design, and adaptive agent programming. His research has been published in AAAI, OOPSLA, ICCM and the journal Scientometrics. Dr. Simpkins earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science under ACM, AAAI and AAAS Fellow Charles Isbell at Georgia Tech, his M.S. in Computer Science at Southern Polytechnic State University, and his B.S. at the United States Air Force Academy.