James Lynn Smith, Ph.D.
823 Overbrook Dr.
Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32547
Versatile professional seasoned in electro-optics, thin film and sensor systems technology. Inventive in systems integration concepts and the modeling/simulation environment. Talent for leadership in multi-disciplinary R&D augmented by consulting and teaching experience. Advisor to missile hardware-in-the-loop test facility.
SELECTED ACHIEVEMENTS AND EXPERIENCE
(Most recent first)
* Patented, designed, built and tested prototype for selective glare reduction ocular.
* Developed several white paper concepts for ladar scene simulator design alternatives (ongoing).
* Derived and wrote the requirements document for cockpit simulator used in a hardware-in-the-loop test facility. Received letter of commendation.
* Revealed new methods for spatial/temporal noise reduction in LCD and thermal imaging arrays.
* Won funds for follow-up study after writing proposal on ultraviolet laser projector system for testing aircraft missile warning system. Modeled atmospheric scattering phenomena and algorithms for same project.
* Developed procedure for fast MTF testing of imaging sensors using slit-scan method with a digital signal analyzer and electronic worksheet. Developed user-friendly PC software models, reduced analysis time 50%.
* Led R & D project in optical signal and image processing. Managed contract with university. Increased throughput of optical correlator design by 30 times and identified new interface technology.
* Led proposal development team in optoelectronics. Combined small projects for industrial recovery brochure reporting, leading to estimated government grade increase of 25%.
* Taught integrated optics part of company in-house course. Taught calculus at community college (TCJC).
* Consulted with Dallas Tan, Inc. as measurements advisor, prevented sale of equipment which would violate FDA regulations on tanning beds.
* Designed/built erasable optical recording system using HeNe laser and bistable thin films (VO2, etc.). Investigated nonlinear optical films for laser optical power limiting. Built a pilot production laboratory for holographic optical elements.
* Obtained patent awards for several concepts arising from optical processing research. Performed experiments with laser-induced photorefraction for phase conjugation and pattern recognition.
* Discovered/published new applications for the liquid crystal light valve.
* Determined the causes of catastrophic laser damage in a YAG laser range finder and in GaAs diode lasers.
* Discovered causes of dielectric breakdown in thin films; operated thin film evaporation and sputtering equipment for associated studies
LUMITRONICS: Owner/consultant, established 1999
BAE SYSTEMS TECHNICAL SERVICES: Technical advisor: Department of Simulation and Signatures
GENERAL DYNAMICS - FORT WORTH: Engineering specialist in the Sensors, Processors and Displays Section of the Avionics Department (Company now Lockheed-Martin)
LTV MISSILES & ELECTRONICS: Senior Scientist in the Research Department
US ARMY MISSILE COMMAND (Physical Sciences Lab): Research Physicist for the Solid State and Physical Electronics Group
PUBLICATIONS, INVENTIONS AND AWARDS
Twenty six publications in journals and some proceedings. Eighteen invention disclosures (nine patented). Scores of research/design white papers for government customer. Elected Assc. member Sigma Xi, honorary research society; Graduate Research Award for physics (Auburn); NASA Fellowship Recipient. Certificates of appreciation from the US Army Missile Command. (See publications link above for specific listing)
PROFESSIONAL COMPUTER AID TOOLS FAMILIARITY
Zemax optical design, MathCad, MatLab/Simulink, Excel, Power Point, Front Page Web design, Office/publication programs like Draw, Paint, Word.
Ph.D., Solid State Physics Auburn University, 1968
M.S., Nuclear Physics Auburn University, 1965
Postgraduate Optical Engineering Courses Carnegie Mellon Univ. & Univ. Arizona