LIVERMORE-- Craig Smith, a nuclear engineer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has been selected to receive the title of fellow of the American Nuclear Society, or ANS.
Smith was honored for his "outstanding accomplishments" in the field of nuclear health, safety and regulation as well as his work in radiation protection and waste management.
With 30 years experience in the nuclear and environmental fields, Smith is the leader of the Laboratory's Fission Energy and Systems Safety Program.
In his current position, Smith oversees research in nuclear technology and system safety, the Argus security system for nuclear facilities at LLNL and other labs, and the Laboratory's support to the Department of Energy in monitoring the purchase of highly-enriched uranium from Russia.
Smith has led several collaborative projects with research institutes in the former Soviet Union.
He was the project manager for the development of new radiation sensors with the Kharkiv Institute of Physics & Technology in Ukraine. Smith also worked on the development of the Pioneer robot, which was built for the clean-up of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
He is currently working on the development of new radiation-hardened robotic systems with the Kiev Polytechnic Institute. A six-year employee, Smith also worked as a consultant to the Laboratory for 15 years.
Between 1981 and 1993, Smith was the vice-president and operations manager at Science Applications International Corporation, where he was responsible for activities involving the nuclear fuel cycle, environmental compliance and safety analysis.
Concurrently, he served on U.S. military reserve duty from 1979 to 2000, working as a nuclear plans officer for the U.S. Pacific Command.
Founded in 1954, the American Nuclear Society has about 11,000 members who are engineers, scientists, administrators and educators from more than 1,600 corporations, educational institutions and government agencies.
The society has about 470 members who have achieved fellow status after nomination, examination by a review panel and election by the ANS board of directors.
Fellow is the highest membership grade of the ANS and is reserved for senior members who have compiled a professional record of experience marked by major contributions to the advancement of one or more disciplines of the organization.
Smith earned his bachelor of science degree in engineering from UCLA and his Ph.D., in nuclear science and engineering, also from UCLA.