Richard Simpson came to
Midwestern State University in the fall of 1980 as one of three faculty members
hired to initiate the new Computer Science major. He will retire this year with
39 years of service. Simpson will deliver his last lecture, “It’s Not About
You,” as part of MSU Texas’ Last Lecture series at 7 p.m. Monday, April 15, in
Legacy Hall’s Multipurpose Room.
“Richard’s passion for the
discipline is best demonstrated by his work with students,” said Associate
Professor of Art and Last Lecture Series host Steve Hilton. “His students love
to hate him, but almost always come to appreciate his dedication and passion
after graduation,” Hilton said.
Simpson has served as coach
for the MSU competitive computer programming team for more than 30 years and supervised
numerous research projects with students, many of which resulted in
publication. During his career he has produced more than 20 published papers
and 20 conference presentations.
The Last Lecture Series was
inaugurated at Midwestern State University in 2017, with speakers chosen by
student and faculty ballots. Ten years earlier, Professor Randy Pausch
delivered a lecture at Carnegie Mellon University that was truly his last – he
died less than a year later of pancreatic cancer. In his talk, “Really
Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” he discussed how to find good in others,
overcome obstacles, and live generously. His lecture inspired the 2008 New York Times bestselling book, The Last Lecture.
Pausch’s story inspired
institutions across the country to have “last lectures,” where professors speak
about what matters to them as if it were truly their last lecture. At MSU, Associate
Professor of Political Science Jeremy Duff presented the inaugural Last
Lecture. Peter Fields, Associate Professor of English, and Frank Wyatt,
Professor of Exercise Physiology, have also delivered last lectures.
Admission is free. Contact
Hilton at 940-397-4270 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.