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Craig F. Smith
Research Professor of Physics
Ph.D. Nuclear Science and Engineering, UCLA, 1975

Dr. Smith is the Lawrence Livermore Chair Professor at NPS. His research interests include nuclear energy, non-proliferation and counterterrorism technologies. He is the US member of an international steering committee on lead-cooled nuclear reactors, and has worked internationally in research related to counter-terrorism technology and automated systems. He is is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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Ph.D. Nuclear Science and Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1975.
Certificate of Specialization, Nuclear Science and Engineering, UCLA, 1973
B.S. Engineering, summa cum laude, UCLA, 1971.
Visiting Research Fellow, ENSI-Bourges, France, 2001-2002
LLNL Chair Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School, 2004-2010
Adjunct Professor, Monterey Institute of International Studies, 2006-10
Member, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, AAAS
Fellow, American Nuclear Society, 2001
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2002


Dr. Smith is a nuclear scientist/engineer with research interests in the nuclear, environmental, energy, defense and information sciences.  He is currently serving as Research Professor of Physics at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. Research focus includes small nuclear energy systems; non-proliferation; counterterrorism technology; energy studies; radiation detection; and information technology. He is a research collaborator for several international projects, including those in Europe and the former Soviet Union. He supports advanced nuclear reactor programs and serves as the US observer to an international committee of the Generation IV International Forum (GIF). He co-authored several books on topics related to advanced technology including The Intelligent Wireless Web (Addison-Wesley, 2002), Developing Semantic Web Services (A. K. Peters, 2004) and Connections: Patterns of Discovery (John Wiley and Sons, 2008).


U.S. NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL, Monterey, CA, 2004 to Present
Position: Research Professor of Physics
Dr. Smith currently serves as Research Professor at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, CA following a 6-year assignment as the Lawrence Livermore Chair Professor of Physics at NPS. In this capacity, he lectures in Physics, Engineering, and other areas; conducts research; and supervises the research of graduate students. He supports advanced fast nuclear reactor programs and serves as the US representative to an international committee of the Generation IV International Forum (GIF).

Positions: Nuclear Energy Project Leader, Deputy Associate Director, and Fission Energy Program Leader,
Dr. Smith was responsible for research at LLNL related to nuclear fission energy and the nuclear fuel cycle. He served as the Program Leader for a nationwide effort to develop a new transportable small reactor system. He was responsible for work related to nuclear materials transportation, robotic systems development, facility safety, environmental assessment, and technologies related to site cleanup and radioactive waste management.  He initiated international collaborations related to the cleanup of Chernobyl and counter-terrorism applications.

BOOZ•ALLEN & HAMILTON INC., San Francisco, CA, 1994 to 1997
Position:  Principal, Civil Programs Team
Dr. Smith directed work in environmental security, safety, quality assurance and business management. He supervised the technical activities of scientific staff located at locations in the western U.S. and the Pacific, and he conducted the technical review and analysis of investigations involving radioactive contaminants in the environment.

Positions: Vice President and Operations Manager
At SAIC, Dr. Smith had broad responsibility for an R&D organization of 100 staff members conducting energy and environmental projects. In addition, he conducted research related to the nuclear fuel cycle, waste management, environmental compliance and safety analysis. He served as a consultant to the Nuclear Safety Review Group at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory.

LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABORATORY, Livermore, CA, October 1979 to March 1981
Position:  Research Scientist
Dr. Smith was responsible for research in the areas of environmental and nuclear risk assessment, and low-level radioactive waste disposal.  He also performed probabilistic risk analyses for the Nuclear Test program.

U.S. ARMY, Fort Ord, CA, Fort Hunter-Liggett, CA, and Camp Smith. HI, October 1975 to 1979 (and continuing to 2000 in the US Army Reserve)
Position: Commissioned Officer
Dr. Smith served as communications-electronics officer in the Army’s Seventh Division and as an instrumentation development engineer for the Combat Developments Experimentation Command.


V. D. Ryzhikov and C. F. Smith, “The Detection of Fast and Thermal Neutrons by Inelastic Scattering in Novel Scintillator Crystals,” NATO Workshop on Explosive and Chemical detection technologies,” Brussels, Oct. 12, 2012.

C. F. Smith, V. D. Ryzhikov and T.Pochet, “A New Generation of Multi-Energy X-ray Scanners for Antiterrorist Inspection,” NATO Workshop on Explosive and Chemical detection technologies,” Brussels, October 12-15, 2012.

C. F. Smith, “General Overview of Gen IV Lead-cooled Fast Reactors and New Requirements for Safety,” Training Course on Seismic Protection of Lead-cooled Reactors, Verona, Italy, May 22, 2012.

C. F. Smith, “LMFR Development: status and perspectives in the USA,” International Workshop on Innovative Nuclear Reactors cooled by Heavy liquid metals: Status and Perspectives, Pisa, Italy, April 17 2012

L. Cinotti, C. Smith, C. Artioli, G. Grasso and G. Corsini, “Lead-Cooled Fast Reactor (LFR) Design: Safety, Neutronics, Thermal Hydraulics, Structural Mechanics, Fuel, Core, and Plant Design,” Chapter in Handbook of Nuclear Engineering, Springer, 2010.

L. Cinotti, D. Haas, C. Smith, K. Sato, H. Sekimoto, “Revised Final Draft System Research Plan For The Lead-Cooled Fast Reactor (LFR),” Report of the Generation IV International Forum, May 2010.

Craig F. Smith, “Seminar on Fast Reactor Technologies,” Monterey Institute of International Studies, 5 April 2010.

Nuclear’s Model T,” Mechanical Engineering, July 2009.

V. D. Ryzhikov, G.M.Onishchenko, L.A.Piven’, B.V.Grynyov, C. F. Smith, T. Pochet, L.L.Nagorna, Detectors For High Efficiency Detection Of Fast Neutrons Using Inelastic Scattering, Symposium on Radiation Measurements and Applications, Berkeley, CA, June 2-5, 2008

C. F. Smith, W. G. Halsey, N. W. Brown, J. J. Sienicki, A. Moisseytsev and D. C. Wade, “SSTAR: The US lead-cooled fast reactor (LFR),” Journal of Nuclear Materials, Vol 376, Issue 3, 15 June 2008, Pages 255-259

Sergey V. Naydenov, Vladimir D. Ryzhikov, Craig F. Smith, “Multi-energy approach in radiography and introscopy,” Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 537 (2005) 462–466

C. Smith, D. Crawford, M. Cappiello, A. Minato, J. Herczeg, “The Small Modular Liquid Metal Cooled Reactor: A New Approach to Proliferation Risk Management, UCRL-CONF-201002, 14th Pacific Basin Nuclear Conf., Mar 2004.

C. F. Smith, N. W. Brown, and J. A. Hassberger, "Secure, Transportable, Autonomous Reactor (STAR): a Small, Proliferation-Resistant Reactor System for Developing Countries," UCRL-JC-133319, Proliferation-Resistant Nuclear Power Systems Workshop, Livermore, CA, June 2-4, 1999.



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