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Posted 2/8/2017

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By Jackie Bryant
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Public Affairs


Dr. Clint Smith, a research biologist in the U.S. Army Research and Development Center’s Geospatial Research Laboratory has been selected by the Integrated Sensor Architecture lead of the Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate to chair the Geospatial Community of Interest for the U.S. Army Intelligence Support Activity.  Smith will be the primary adviser to a Geospatial Committee for shaping the data model structure and ISA features that best support the Army’s ISA-Geospatial architecture.  The committee will be comprised of geospatial subject matter experts from the Army, Department of Defense and industry.  They will help build the ISA Geospatial framework and needs for end users to promote better interoperability. 

A member of GRL’s Data and Signatures Analysis Branch, Smith’s area of expertise is in geospatial distributed sensing research that incorporates bio-labeling for signature capture and novel mapping applications, geo-enabled electro-optical sensors, and spectral signature libraries.  He is the founder and principal investigator of an ERDC satellite laboratory on the western campus of George Mason University in Manassas, Virginia.  The laboratory is devoted to the study of geospatial sensing and photonic imaging of materials and distributed sensing data collection that serve as the core constituents of geospatially-networked terrestrial sensors.

Smith’s accomplishments are reflected in numerous peer-reviewed publications and invited speaker lectures.  His scientific community participation, professional leadership internationally recognized work in geospatial remote sensing of distributed networked sensors aimed at monitoring the terrain has led to more than $7.8 million dollars to help pursue the necessary science essential to improve and expand geospatial distributed sensor capabilities.

One of Smith’s significant projects included research as part of WATCHMAN - a wireless networked geospatial sensor for landscape monitoring and detection of contaminated threats.  The project involved a distributed water purification system component insert to rapidly monitor and detect waterborne pathogens during ultra-filtration from raw water sources.  The technology was explored to evaluate ultra-filtration filters during the filtration process for potable water used by Soldiers and in response to natural disasters.

He is a recipient of the 2013 ERDC Research and Development Achievement Award for development of Novel Geospatial Self-Healing Mesh Network Incorporating Sensors for rapidly assessing environmental terrain for expeditionary operations; and the 2015 ERDC R&D Achievement Team Award for development of a geo-enabled physical water quality measurement collection and data toolkit that allows the military to monitor water quality and potable water supply production.

Smith earned a bachelor’s in biochemistry from North Carolina State University, a master’s in environmental microbiology from Virginia Commonwealth University and a doctorate in environmental science and public policy from GMU.  He is a member of the affiliate faculty at GMU’s Department of Environmental Science and Public Policy, and the Department of Biology.

He is a Registered Environmental Professional and a Certified Natural Resources Professional.  He is also a 2016 graduate of the Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership for a Democratic Society Course and a 2016 graduate of the Army Management Staff College’s Advanced Course. 

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