Curriculum Vitae:
R. Chris Smith

Name: Robert Christopher Smith
Address:
 
National Optical Astronomy Observatory
Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO)
Casilla 603 - La Serena - Chile
   OR    NOAO/Tucson
950 N. Cherry Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719
Telephone:
 
(56) - 51 - 205214 (direct) or
(56) - 51 - 205200 (through reception)
   OR    520-777-0005 or
520-907-7753
FAX: (56) - 51 - 205212    OR    520-318-8170
E-mail:csmith@noao.edu

Education:

1988 - 1991Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Ph.D. in Astronomy. Degree conferred March 1992. Thesis subject: Supernova Remnants, Shocks, and the Interstellar Medium. Thesis advisor: Dr. Robert P. Kirshner
1986 - 1988Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
A.M. in Astronomy. Honors: Agassiz Fellowship (1987-88), Elmer Fellowship (1986-87).
1982 - 1986Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
B.A. in Astrophysics. Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board, and Blue Key Honor Societies, Arthur R. Metz Scholarship (1984-85, 1985-86), Distinguished Scholars' Scholarship (1982-83, 1983-84).

Employment:

2009 - presentAURA Observatory in Chile La Serena, Chile
Head of Mission, AURA-O, responsible for the oversight of all AURA operations in Chile, including the NOAO facilities of CTIO as well as Gemini Observatory, SOAR telescope, and the smaller projects on the AURA site in the Elqui valley of northern Chile.
2008 - presentNational Optical Astronomy Observatory, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, La Serena, Chile
Director, CTIO & Associate Director, NOAO, responsible for both the operations of the telescopes, instrumentation, and research facilities of Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory and the operations of the underlying infrastructure of the shared facilities that support all of the observatories on the AURA site.
2007 - 2008National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, La Serena, Chile
Head of NOAO Data Products Program, leading global NOAO data management and scientific software planning, development, and operations; working on LSST science, data management, and operations planning; overseeing scientific computing resources for NOAO-South; supporting instruments at CTIO (MOSAIC; Arcon controllers).
2006 - 2007National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Tucson, Arizona
Program Manager, Data Products program; managing NOAO data management and scientific software planning, development, and operations; working on LSST science cases, site decision, and data management planning, overseeing scientific computing resources for NOAO-South.
2005 - 2006National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, La Serena, Chile
Associate Astronomer w/ Tenure, managing Data Products Program South; working on LSST science cases, site decision, and data management planning; overseeing scientific computing resources for NOAO-South; supporting instruments at CTIO (MOSAIC; Arcon controllers).
2002 - 2005National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, La Serena, Chile
Associate Astronomer, managing Data Products Program South; managing scientific computing resources for NOAO-South; supporting instruments on Gemini (GMOS; software efforts) and instruments at CTIO (MOSAIC; Arcon controllers), contributing to LSST science cases and organization.
1998 - 2002National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, La Serena, Chile
Assistant Astronomer, supporting optical spectrographs and MOSAIC imager; managing scientific computing resources, and overseeing CTIO student programs, including the CTIO REU program for U.S. undergraduates and the CTIO PIA program for Chilean students.
1997 - 1998National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, La Serena, Chile
Site Director and PI for CTIO's NSF funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, managing all aspects of the CTIO REU program, from advertising and student selection through the program itself to student presentations at the AAS or similar conferences, and overseeing all of CTIO's summer student programs.
1995 - 1998University of Michigan, Department of Astronomy, Ann Arbor, MI
McLaughlin Postdoctoral Fellow, pursuing an independent research program studying supernovae, the interstellar medium and supernova remnants. Partially funded as PI on the NSF grant funding the UM/CTIO Magellanic Cloud Emission-line Survey.
1991 - 1995National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, La Serena, Chile
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, pursuing an independent research program studying supernovae, supernova remnants and their interactions with the interstellar medium. Also involved in telescope improvements, visiting astronomer support, writing manuals, and other observatory duties. Organizer and editor of the 3rd CTIO/ESO Workshop, ``The Local Group: Comparative and Global Properties'', in La Serena, Chile.
1987 - 1991Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Research Assistant with Dr. Robert P. Kirshner, studying supernova remnants, their evolution, and their interaction with the interstellar medium.
1986National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Kitt Peak National Observatory, Tucson, Arizona
Summer Research Assistant with Dr. Catherine A. Pilachowski, attempting to detect solar-type oscillations in the Jovian atmosphere.
1985National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Sacramento Peak Observatory, Sunspot, New Mexico
Summer Research Assistant with Dr. Richard C. Altrock, studying relationships between coronal iron line flares, solar flares, and prominences
1984 - 1986Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Undergraduate Research Assistant with Dr. R. Kent Honeycutt, analyzing data on diffuse interstellar bands (DIBs).

Teaching:
Fall 1996University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Teaching Fellow, Developed and taught "The Origins of the Elements", a freshman seminar covering introductory astronomy for non-majors, with an emphasis on the origins of the elements (three lectures a week).
Spring 1988Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Teaching Assistant for an undergraduate introductory Astronomy course.
Fall 1987Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Teaching Assistant for a graduate course on observational techniques in Astronomy.
Spring 1986Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Teaching Fellow for an introductory Calculus course (three lectures a week in each of two classes).
Fall 1985Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Teaching Assistant for a course in Business Mathematics.

Professional Societies:

1986 - presentAmerican Astronomical Society, Full Member
1988 - 2000Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Regular Member
2002 - 2004SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering Regular Member