Materials by Design

Jill Smith
Director, Weapons & Materials Research Directorate
U.S. Army Research Laboratory
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD

Location: McDonnell Douglas Engineering Auditorium

About the Speaker:
Ms. Jill Smith has been the Director of the Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) since May 2001.  During this time she also has served as Acting Deputy to the Commander RDECOM from January 2004 through April 2004, and Acting Deputy Director of ARL from May 2003 to September 2003. She was the Chief of the Ballistics and NBC Division of the Survivability/Lethality Analysis Directorate, U.S. ARL from early 1998 until May 19, 2001.  Ms. Smith also served as the Deputy Director and as the Associate Director of the Survivability/Lethality Analysis Directorate from 1994 to early 1998.  From 1990 through 1994, Ms. Smith served as the Branch Chief in what was then the ballistic Vulnerability/Lethality Division and worked in Systems Engineering and Concepts Analysis.  She has many publications in the Ballistics research including survivability, lethality, model validation, Live-Fire Testing and many other topics. 

She has also worked extensively in the areas of high-performance computing and networking creating the Army’s first supercomputing network and leading many efforts in these areas for AMC, DA, and DOD including consultation to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.  Ms. Smith received her B.S. in mathematics in 1974 and a M.A. in mathematics in 1975, both from Shippensburg State College, PA.  She completed additional graduate work in statistics and electrical engineering at the University of Delaware.