Ms. Jill Smith, former director of CERDEC and 38 years of service in the Army she spent much of her career at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, before taking over as the CERDEC director. Smith earned both a B.S. and an M.A. from Shippensburg University in mathematics with a minor in biology. She joined the Department of the Army as a mathematician at the U.S. Army Ballistic Research Laboratory at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. Smith continued her education at the University of Delaware in graduate statistics and electrical engineering. She served in a number of capacities and was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility and authority, which ultimately led to a long and highly successful civilian military career. Based on her expertise in computing and networking, Jill was invited to serve in a developmental position with the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army for Operations Research in the area of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance. Her technical contributions are numerous and include new statistical methodology for ballistic testing, modeling, and simulation of ballistic live-fire events. Smith was appointed to the Senior Executive Service by the Secretary of the Army as the Director, Weapons & Materials Research Directorate, U.S. Army Research Laboratory. She led the development of technologies and systems engineering for the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance systems for the Army. Now retired Smith work with ETC consulting on ARL projects.


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Jill Smith

Former Director of CERDEC

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