William 'Bill' Simmons, Ph.D.

Bill Simmons
Associate Professor

William R. (Bill) Simmons passed away December 3, 1996. He taught Physics at CU-Denver  for over twenty years continuing through the spring 1996 semester. Bill was an outstanding teacher and his dedication to his students and their needs was legendary. Bill was able to effectively teach his students to work to the best of their abilities. They learned to apply their knowledge and excelled after leaving college. Bill was repeatedly elected as the “Outstanding Engineering Professor of the Year,” receiving nine Engineering awards in his twenty-one years of teaching. He was a finalist once in the school wide “Teacher Recognition Awards.” Professor Simmons was a Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Pi Sigma, and Sigma Xi honor student himself. He began school on the GI Bill for veterans and never stopped learning. He encouraged his students to learn from every experience. Bill’s undergraduate degree was in Engineering Physics and his Ph.D. was in Physics so he had one foot firmly planted in Physics and one in Engineering.