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Matthew W. Smith

Matthew W. Smith received his B.A. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts) in 2007. His advanced degrees include M.Phil in Engineering from the University of Cambridge (Cambridge, United Kingdom) in 2009, M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (Cambridge, Massachusetts) in 2010, and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics with a focus on Space Systems from MIT in 2014.

In 2014, Dr. Smith joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena as a systems engineer. He has contributed to projects ranging from instrumentation for exoplanet imaging to the Mars 2020 rover. His research interests include systems engineering for space-based optical instruments, modeling and simulation, and multi-disciplinary design optimization. Dr. Smith served as Chief Engineer, Payload Cognizant Engineer, and Mission Manager for the Arcsecond Space Telescope Enabling Research in Astrophysics (ASTERIA) project.

Co-Author of the following article of the DESCANSO Near Earth Design & Performance Summary Series: