Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2021
  • M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2019
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico, 2017
  • B.S., Applied Mathematics, University of New Mexico, 2017
Professional Affiliations
  • American Society for Materials (ASM)
  • The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS)
  • Spanish

Lonnie Smith is a Materials Engineer who specializes in failure analysis and failure prevention, fractographic examination, and microstructure-processing-property relationships of a broad range of materials. Dr. Smith's extensive expertise includes: materials characterization, ferrous and non-ferrous alloys, corrosion analysis, failure analysis, additive manufacturing, statistical analysis, and enhancing reliability of components. 

Dr. Smith provides technical support and expert analyses to law firms, insurance companies, and industry.

Prior to joining exponent, Dr. Smith received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. His research focused on connection of process parameters to defect concentration for production of 3D printed parts using nickel-based superalloy UNS N07718; prediction of weld pool geometry; development of temperature history profiles to predict microstructural evolution in fabrication of titanium parts for space applications.

In addition to his research, Dr. Smith served as a teaching assistant for undergraduate and graduate materials science courses, as well as led a practical materials science laboratory course.