Andrew Smith

Andrew W. Smith, Ph.D., P.E.

Managing Engineer
Mechanical Engineering
Chicago - Downtown
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Dr. Smith is a mechanical engineer with extensive experience in investigating the performance of industrial machinery and consumer products within the context of both accident investigations and intellectual property disputes.

Leveraging his experience in investigating workplace accidents (including industrial lathes, lifts, mixers, molding equipment, baggers, and conveyors) Dr. Smith regularly assists clients by synthesizing complex sources of information, physical evidence, and regulatory requirements yielding valuable insights into both accident causation and prevention.

Dr. Smith also assists clients in investigating technical issues related to many types of intellectual property disputes. Drawing on his background in both experimental physics and mechanical engineering, he has provided analysis related to both patent infringement and validity for a wide variety of technology including industrial vehicles, exercise equipment, textile production machinery, aerospace fasteners, and remote sensing technology. These analyses have been used in district court, PTAB filings, and trade secret litigation.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Smith’s research in experimental astrophysics was focused on the development and application of radiation detector technology. This work included modeling and developing sensor packages, as well as signal processing and communication electronics. Additionally, due to his role in the commissioning and construction of astronomical observatories, Dr. Smith has a background in the mechanical dynamics of large, movable structures as well as coating/degradation processes in mirror surfaces.

Dr. Smith has held research and teaching faculty appointments at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, the University of Maryland and Northwestern University. Dr. Smith has been invited to present lectures on a wide variety of topics in physics at conferences and workshops in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has served as both a primary and contributing author on over 50 peer reviewed articles in the physical sciences.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds, UK, 2008
  • M.Sc., Particle Physics, Durham University, England, 2002
  • B.A., Astrophysics, University of California, Berkeley, 2001
  • Pre-doctoral Research Fellowship, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 2005-2008

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, California, #39547

OSHA 30 Hour General Industry Training

Prior Experience

Associate Research Professor, Particle Astrophysics, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/University of Maryland, 2014-2017

Associate Research Professor, Physics and Astronomy, University of Utah, 2011-2014

Visiting Lecturer, Physics, Northwestern University, 2009-2011

Postdoctoral Researcher, Argonne National Laboratory, 2008-2011

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds, UK, 2008
  • M.Sc., Particle Physics, Durham University, England, 2002
  • B.A., Astrophysics, University of California, Berkeley, 2001
  • Pre-doctoral Research Fellowship, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 2005-2008

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, California, #39547

OSHA 30 Hour General Industry Training