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Prof Alan Smith
MSSL
Holmbury St. Mary, Dorking
Surrey
RH5 6NT
Tel: 01483 204100
Fax: 01483 278312
Appointment
  • Professor of Detector Physics
  • Dept of Space & Climate Physics
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
Role
Head of Department
 
 
Biography
Professor Alan Smith has a background of Astrophysics, Instrumentation, Space Research and Systems Engineering. He has been involved in sounding rocket and satellite programmes for almost 30 years, 8 of which were spent at the European Space Agency. Since joining UCL in 1990 he has become: Associate Director of Programmes and Head of Detector Physics at UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory (the largest University based space research organisation in the UK); Director of UCL's Centre for Advanced Instrumentation Systems and Academic Coordinator of the Sira-UCL Postgraduate Training Partnership; Director of UCL's Centre for Systems Engineering (UCLse); and more recently, Director of the Laboratory and Head of its host Department, the Department of Space and Climate Physics. As Director UCLse he delivers two of the MSc modules (Systems Design and System Integrity), supervises postgraduate students, and undertakes a research programme. He provides consultancy support and workshops in systems engineering to industry. Professor Smith is vice-Dean Enterprise within the faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences at UCL. Professor Smith teaches Project Management widely within UCL including Association of Project Management accredited courses through UCL's Department of Management and Innovation.

A continuing theme is Professor Smith's career has been the furtherance of all issues associated with the development of complex, novel instrumentation systems. A strong background in applied physics provides an appreciation of the fundamentals of such systems. His experiences working with all the major space agencies in highly structured programmes has allowed him to appreciate and contribute to the systems engineering process, With UCL he was promoted systems engineering both through the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation Systems and through the Centre for Systems Engineering (of which he is the founder Director).
Research Groups
Research Summary
Professor Smith research interests include space technologies, systems engineering with an enterprise context, and technology planning.
Appointments
1990 – 1998 Professor of Detector Physics Mullard Space Science Laboratory UCL, United Kingdom
1990 – 1996 Principal Research Fellow III Mullard Space Science Laboratory UCL, United Kingdom
1990 – 1992 Research Associate Mullard Space Science Laboratory UCL, United Kingdom
1990 – 1998 Senior Lecturer Mullard Space Science Laboratory UCL, United Kingdom
1983 – 1990 Staff Scientist Astrophysics Division Space Science Department of the European Space Agency, Netherlands
1983 – 1984 Research Fellow Astrophysics Division Space Science Department of the European Space Agency , Netherlands
1976 – 1983 Research Associate X-ray Astronomy group. University of Leicester, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1976 PhD Doctor of Philosophy University of Leicester
1973 BSc Bachelor of Science University of Leicester
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