CRAIG KENTON SMITH, Ph.D.
Seeking New Challenges in Earth Remote Sensing
Currently Available for New Employment
Current Location: Los Angeles, CA
A SHORT OVERVIEW
I seek new challenges and adventures in passive or active microwave, infrared, or optical earth remote sensing that enable continued
development my wide range of interests and high-level skills in physics, supporting mathematics, and systems engineering. I look
forward to finding these in an environment where growth and cross-pollination are possible, the
talent is diverse, and professional development is encouraged and valued.
I am experienced and highly motivated in the following areas:
remote sensing physics and forward model development;
algorithm development and testing, and sensor and algorithms requirements flowdown;
conceptual design and modeling/simulation for new sensors;
on-orbit calibration and detailed analyses and diagnosis of sensor measurement anomalies;
astronomical imaging, detection systems and algorithms;
discovery and statistical analysis of rare astronomical objects.
I also maintain interests in science and environmental policy.
CURRENT PROFESSIONAL STRENGTHS
My greatest strength is my methodology for approaching problems, which combines
my abilities for rapid study, locating and querying the experts, grasping the phenomenology, and free thinking,
with my background in experimental physics and its application to diverse fields. I am very
Throughout the past 15 years, I have excelled at:
remote sensing physics, sensor measurement simulation, and innovative approaches to geophysical retrieval algorithms;
sensor and algorithms error analyses, budget construction, and requirements development;
connecting sensor performance to geophysical retrieval algorithm performance;
technical writing and presentations;
rapid startup of new projects;
working as a team with diverse corporate and research cultures;
coordinating interdependent performance analyses across numerous university, industry, and government laboratory groups;
addressing customer concerns and ensuring customer satisfaction.
2012: Development of innovative techniques for identifying and quantifying sensor errors from on-orbit brightness
temperature measurements of cross-track microwave radiometers (e.g. ATMS).
2008-2010: Performance Lead for Microwave Imager/Sounder (MIS) Algorithm Performance Team,
National Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellite Systems (NPOESS) Program Office.
2007: Development of MIS Conceptual Model, and use in performing trade studies on radiometer antenna configuration,
and in deriving MIS sensor and ocean algorithm performance requirements.
2006: Theoretical discovery and verification of--and development of mitigation methods for--the "Shadowing Effect,"
a previously unexplained spurious signal seen in polarimetric microwave remote sensing.
2005: Analysis showing that standard on-orbit calibration methods can remove most of the effect of cross-polarization
bias errors in third and fourth Stokes radiometer measurements; enables relaxation of cross-polarization error requirements
from challenging, heritage values.
2004: Development of ultra-fast microwave ocean wind vector retrieval algorithm that enables demonstration of polarimetric
microwave radiometer capabilities prior to completion of on-orbit calibration. (Algorithm is insensitive to static
linear and quadratic errors and cross-polarization in measured brightness temperatures.)
2001: Principal author, Ocean Algorithm Suite Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document,
for Boeing Conical Scanning Microwave Imager/Sounder (CMIS).
1999: Derivation and publication, for Boeing CMIS Team, of expressions for fully polarimetric antenna cross-polarization
matrix in terms of antenna measurements.
1998: Development of first complete, physically based, ocean wind vector retrieval algorithm for polarimetric microwave radiometers.
- Individual Achievement Award, The Aerospace Corporation, 2008
- "For contributions to the NPOESS Microwave Imager Sounder essential to obtaining highly-accurate wind direction measurements."
THE COMPLETE CURRICULUM VITAE
A.B. Physics and Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley, 1983
- Ph.D. Physics, University of California,
- Dissertation: "Supernova Rates for the Berkeley Automated Supernova Search
Using V and R Band Light Curves"
- Advisor: Prof.
Richard A. Muller
RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Engineering Specialist, Level II,
The Aerospace Corporation,
Los Angeles, CA, 2004-2012
Computational Physics, Inc.,
Springfield, VA, 2001-2004
Scientist, Satellite Oceanography,
Remote Sensing Systems (RSS), Santa Rosa CA, 1997-2001
Supernova Cosmology Project, Physics Division,
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 1997
Independent Project (Contractor), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 1996
Post Doctoral Fellow/Energy Policy Analyst,
Heat Island Group,
Energy Analysis Program,
Energy and Environment Division,
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,
1994 - 1996
Graduate Student Research Assistant, Astrophysics Group, Physics Division, Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory, 1985 - 1994
Conical Scanning Microwave Imager Sounder and Microwave Imager Sounder:
1. "Spurious 3rd and 4th Stokes Signals ('Shadowing') In Polarimetric Microwave Radiometry Over the Oceans: Origin, Characteristics, and Mitigation", Craig Smith and David Thompson, International Geoscience & Remote Sensing Symposium 2008 (IGARSS’08) ,
6-11 July 2008; Boston, MA.
2. "Shadowing of 3rd and 4th Stokes Signals in Polarimetric Microwave Radiometry",
Craig Kenton Smith, David Thompson, Peter W. Gaiser, William Johnston, Michael H. Bettenhausen,
International Geoscience & Remote Sensing Symposium 2006 (IGARSS’06)
31 July - 04 Aug 2006; Denver, CO.
3. "A Statistical Approach to WindSat Ocean Retrievals",
Craig K. Smith, Peter W. Gaiser, Patrick C. Crane, Laurence Connor
International Geoscience & Remote Sensing Symposium 2004 (IGARSS’04), Anchorage, AK.
4. "A Physical Algorithm for WindSat Ocean/Atmosphere Retrievals",
Craig K. Smith, Michael Bettenhausen, Richard M. Bevilacqua,
Magdalena D. Anguelova, Nai-Yu Wang, Peter W. Gaiser,
International Geoscience & Remote Sensing Symposium 2004 (IGARSS’04), Anchorage, AK.
5. "The WindSat Ocean/Atmosphere Retrieval Algorithm: Methodology and Results",
Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium, July 2002, Cambridge, MA.
Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer (Ocean EDR Algorithms)
6. "Remote Sensing Systems AMSR Ocean Algorithm Suite", Third ADEOS-II AMSR Workshop, Earth Observation Research Center,
National Space Development Agency of Japan, Tokyo, November 1998.
Berkeley Automated Supernova Search
"A New Determination of the Supernova Rate for the Berkeley Automated Supernova Search", 184th American Astronomical Society Meeting, Minneapolis, June 1994.
"Type Ib and Ic Supernova Light Curve Templates and the Determination of SN Ibc Rates" (poster session),
182nd American Astronomical Society Meeting, Berkeley, June 1993.
9. "The State of the Berkeley Automated Supernova Search and
Supernova Rates Derived from the Search", Automated Photoelectric Telescope Workshop IV, Tucson, November 1991.
10. "Recent Advances in the
Berkeley Automated Supernova Search: The Introduction of a Real-time System", Ninth Annual Fairborn-
IAPPP Symposium: "Automatic
Small Telescopes", Tucson, February 1988.
PRESENTATIONS AND BRIEFINGS
NPOESS Microwave Imager Sounder (MIS), NPOESS Integrated Program Office, Silver Spring MD
1. "Sensor Parameter Data Workbook, and Current EDR Performance & Issues", Combined Microwave Performance Team Meeting VII and Algorithm Development Team Architecture Meeting III, September 16, 2010.
2. "Questions for MIS Algorithm Developer Team" [SDR parameters and relative order of resampling and sensor error corrections], Algorithm Development Team Architecture Meeting II, May 20, 2010.
3. "Development of EDR Preprocessor [Resampling and Sensor Error Corrections] Requirements", Microwave Performance Team Meeting V, November 12, 2009.
4. "EDR Performance, Requirements Modification, and Path Forward", Microwave Performance Team Meeting IV, February 4, 2009.
5. "MIS Driving EDRs Error Budget Analyses", Microwave Performance Team Meeting IV, February 4, 2009.
6. "MIS EDR Performance Analysis", Dan Walker and Craig Smith, NPOESS Microwave Operational Algorithm Team Technical Interchange Meeting, January 30, 2009.
7. "MIS EDR Performance Estimation and EDR Error Budget Design Overview", Microwave Performance Team Meeting III, November 12, 2008.
8. "Status of MIS Performance Definition: EDR Accuracy Precision and Uncertainty Assessment and Trades", Microwave Performance Team Meeting II, September 17, 2008.
9. "Status of Sensor Performance Definition and Milestones for EDR APU Determination", Microwave Performance Team Meeting I, July 31, 2008.
10. "Resampling and Noise Reduction Factors for MIS", Algorithm Pathfinder Meeting, IGS, November 15, 2007.
11. "Discussion – Key Sensor Parameters and EDR Performance Estimation Methodology", Algorithm Pathfinder Meeting, IGS, November 15, 2007.
12. "MIS System Trade Studies, Status and Summary: Swath Width / Earth Incidence Angle / EDR Performance Mega-Trade", Algorithm Pathfinder Meeting, IGS, November 14, 2007.
13. "Swath Width and Revisit Time & EIA and EDR Performance Trade Studies" (Update and Final Results), NPOESS Joint Algorithm Requirements Group Technical Interchange Meeting IV, September 6, 2007.
14. "Swath Width and Revisit Time & EIA and EDR Performance Trade Studies", NPOESS Joint Algorithm Requirements Group Technical Interchange Meeting III, July 6, 2007.
15. "MIS Swath Width and Revisit Time Trade: Effect of Swath Width on Revisit Time, EDR Performance, EDR Risk, Mass, and Cost", NPOESS Microwave Operational Algorithm Team Technical Interchange Meeting, June 27, 2007.
WindSat (Ocean EDR Algorithm Development)
16. "Wind Vector Retrieval Using Empirical Regressions Fed to a Maximum Likelihood Estimator", WindSat Retrieval Algorithm Competition, Washington DC, July 2004.
17. "Wind Vector Retrieval Using Empirical Regressions, Update", WindSat Modeling and Retrieval Workshop, Washington DC, May 2004.
18. "Wind Vector Retrieval Using Empirical Regressions", WindSat Modeling and Retrieval Workshop, Washington DC, February 2004.
19. "Modeling of Reflected Down-welling Atmospheric Radiation: The Omega Factor", WindSat Modeling and Retrieval Workshop, Washington DC, February 2004.
20. "WindSat Ocean/Atmosphere Retrieval Algorithms: Recent Advances and Development of the Operational Environmental Data Record Process", WindSat Science Team Meeting, Solomons Island, Maryland, June 2003.
21. "The WindSat Ocean/Atmosphere Retrieval Algorithms: Methodology and Results", WindSat Science Team Meeting, Arlington VA, November 2002.
22. "WindSat EDRP: Code Architecture and External Data Requirements", FNMOC/NRL Monterey, February 2002.
Conical Scanning Microwave Imager Sounder (Ocean Algorithm Suite, SDR Algorithms,
23, 24, 25. "Ocean Algorithm Suite", "Sensor Error Requirements", "On-orbit Calibration Methodology", Preliminary Design Review, Los Angeles, February 2001.
26, 27. "Ocean Algorithm Suite", "Sensor Error Requirements", Preliminary Design Supplementary Review, Los Angeles, October 2000.
28. "Ocean Algorithm Suite", Interim Design Review, Los Angeles, January 2000.
29, 30. "Ocean Retrieval Algorithms", "Derivation of Fully Polarimetric Antenna Cross-polarization Matrix", System Functional Review, Los Angeles, May 1999.
31. Technical Interchange Meeting (Swath Width Investigation & Analysis), Los Angeles, January 1999.
32. System Requirements Review, Los Angeles, October 1998.
A Nonlinear Optimization Algorithm for WindSat Wind Vector Retrievals ,
M. H. Bettenhausen, C. K. Smith, R. M. Bevilacqua, N.-Y. Wang, P. W. Gaiser,
and S. Cox, IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens. , vol. 44, No. 3, pp. 597-610, Mar. 2006.
A Statistical Approach to WindSat Ocean Surface Wind Vector Retrieval ,
C. K. Smith, M. Bettenhausen, and P. W. Gaiser,
IEEE Geosci. Remote Sens. Lett. , vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 164-168, Jan. 2006.
WindSat Ground Data Processing and Wind Retrieval Algorithm ,
P. W. Gaiser, D. Richardson, C. K. Smith, N.-Y. Wang, R. M. Bevilacqua,
2003 OCEANS Marine Tech. Soc./ IEEE Conference Proceedings , Sept 22-26, 2003,
San Diego CA
WindSat Atmospheric Forward Model Comparisons , N.-Y. Wang, P. S. Chang, R. M. Bevilacqua, C. K. Smith, P. Gaiser,
IEEE International Geosci. Remote Sens. Symposium ,
vol. 1, pp. 556-557, 2002, toronto canada june 24-28,
Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD) for the Conical-Scanning Microwave Imager/Sounder (CMIS) Environmental
Data Records (EDRs), Volume 14: Ocean EDR Algorithm Suite , Craig K. Smith, Frank Wentz, and Thomas Meissner,
Remote Sensing Systems Technical Report No. 011001, Version 2.0, 15 March 2001.
ATBD for the Conical-Scanning Microwave Imager/Sounder (CMIS), Volume 17: Temperature Data Record and Sensor
Data Record Algorithms , Michael Plonski (AER, Inc.) and Craig Smith (Remote Sensing Systems, Inc.), Version 2.0, 15 March 2001.
7. Existing Climate Data Sources and
Their Use in Heat Island Research, B. Pon, D.M. Kurn, C.
K. Smith, H. Akbari, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Report, LBL-41973, 1999.
8. Microclimate Effects Near the Ground in the Suburban Environment (Abstract), C. K. Smith, S.
E. Bretz, and H. Akbari, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Report, LBL-37876, June
9. Supernova Rates for the Berkeley Automated Supernova Search Using V and R Band
Light Curves, C. K. Smith, Ph.D. Dissertation, UC Berkeley, December 1994.
10. Photometric and
Spectroscopic Observations of SN 1990E in NGC1035--Observational Constraints for
Models of Type II Supernovae, B.P. Schmidt, R.P. Kirshner, R. Schild, B.
Leibungut, and others, Astronomical
Journal, 105, pp. 2236-2250, June, 1993.
High Rate for Type Ic Supernovae, R.A. Muller, H.J. Marvin-Newberg, C.R. Pennypacker, S.
Perlmutter, T.P. Sasseen, C.K. Smith, Ap. J. Lett.,
384, L9-L13, January 1, 1992.
Progress and New Directions for the Berkeley Supernova Search, S. Perlmutter, H. J.
Marvin, R. A. Muller, C.R. Pennypacker, T.P. Sasseen, and C.K. Smith in
Supernovae, S.E. Woosley, ed., pp. 727-730, Springer-Verlag (1991).
Preliminary Estimates of the Core-collapse Supernova Rates from the Berkeley Automated Supernova
Search, C.R. Pennypacker, S. Perlmutter, R.A. Muller, E. Hamilton, C.K. Smith,
T.P. Sasseen, S. Carlson, H. J. Marvin, L-P. Wang, F. Crawford, R. Treffers, and S.
Bludman, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Report, LBL-30590, and published
in the Proceedings of the Supernova Watch Workshop, Los Angeles, CA, November 26-
14. A Search for Nemesis; Current Status and Review of Theory, S. Perlmutter, R.A.
Muller, C.R. Pennypacker, C.K. Smith, L.P. Wang, S. White, H.S. Yang, in Global
Catastrophes in Earth History, an Interdisciplinary Conference on Impacts, Volcanism, and
Mass Mortality, Virgil L. Sharpton, editor, pp.87-91, Geological Society of America
15. The First Year (almost) of Real-Time Automated Operation of the Berkeley Supernova
Search, S. Perlmutter, F. Crawford, H.J. Marvin, R.A. Muller, C.R. Pennypacker, T.
Sasseen, C.K. Smith, L.P. Wang, in Particle Astrophysics: Forefront Experimental
Issues, E.B. Norman editor, pp. 196-197, World Scientific (1989).
16. Automated Supernova Discoveries: Status of the Berkeley Project, C.R. Pennypacker,
F. Crawford, H.J. Marvin, R.A. Muller, S. Perlmutter, T. Sasseen, C.K. Smith, R.
Treffers, R. Williams, L.P. Wang, in Particle Astrophysics: Forefront Experimental
Issues, E.B. Norman editor, pp. 188-189, World Scientific (1989).
of the Type II Supernova in M99, C.R. Pennypacker, M.S. Burns, F.S. Crawford,
P.G. Friedman, J.R. Graham, J.T. Kare, R. A. Muller, S. Perlmutter, C.K. Smith, R.R.
Treffers, R.W. Williams, G. Basri, J. Bixler, A.V. Filippenko, C. Foltz, D.R. Garnett,
R.P. Harkness, V. Junkkarinen, R. Kennicutt, P.J. McCarthy, H. Spinrad, J.C. Wheeler,
H. Willick, B.J. Wills, Astronomical Journal 97, 186-193, plate p.313
18. Recent Advances in the Berkeley Automated Supernova Search: The Introduction of a
Real-Time System, C.K. Smith, F. Crawford, R.A. Muller, C. Pennypacker, S.
Perlmutter, T. Sasseen, R. Williams, R. Treffers in Automatic Small Telescopes,
ed. D.S. Hayes and R. M. Genet, pp. 46-64 Fairborn Observatory Press
19. The Status of Berkeley's Real-time Supernova Search, S. Perlmutter, F.S. Crawford,
R.A. Muller, C.R. Pennypacker, T.P. Sasseen, C.K. Smith, R. Treffers, and R.
Williams, in Instrumentation for Ground-Based Optical Astronomy, Conference
Proceeding, Santa Cruz 1987, pp. 674-680 (1988).
Operating Systems: UNIX, Windows
Languages: Fortran 95/90, C
Analysis: IDL, MatLab, Excel
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