Andrew Smith
Andrew W. Smith, Ph.D., P.E.
Managing Engineer
Mechanical Engineering
Chicago - Downtown

Dr. Smith specializes in investigating mechanical failures involving railcar structures, construction and manufacturing equipment, natural gas pipelines, and consumer products across a wide variety of applications. Additionally, he has assisted clients in investigating technical issues related to many types of intellectual property claims, including disputes involving sports equipment, consumer products, and industrial vehicles.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Smith’s conducted research in experimental astrophysics focused on the development and application of radiation detector technology, including work in modeling and developing detector packages (using both solid state and scintillating crystal detectors), characterizing light detectors (photomultiplier tubes and avalanche photodiodes), and the commissioning of fast (nanosecond scale) signal processing and communication electronics. Additionally, through his participation in multiple astronomical facility construction projects, Dr. Smith has gained a background in the dynamics of large optical support structures and coating/degradation processes in mirror surfaces.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Smith held research and teaching faculty appointment at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, the University of Maryland, Northwestern University, and the University of Utah. 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 a grant proposal reviewer for both NASA and the National Science Foundation; as well as peer reviewer for the magazine Nature. 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

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